Video: Using Potted Plants in a Floral Arrangement Alongside Cut Flowers
For a long-lasting floral arrangement, especially early in the bloom year if you prefer to source locally, you can simply create an arrangement out of small houseplants or garden center plants potted together in a large vessel and accented with cut flowers.
To create this type of arrangement, add a bit of standard potting mix to the bottom of your vessel. For the base of the arrangement, choose a plant or two like asters or ivy that can drape down the front of the pot, and plant those close to the edge. Add in varied textures such as soft, tender young lettuce, frillier, courser kale, or cabbage with a purple tint to add depth to the greens, and rosemary for height and interest, filling most of the base up with potted greenery.
To add in seasonal cut flowers, place a small vessel (perhaps with a pin frog in the bottom) down in the arrangement where you’d like to see branching or focal elements. Secure items like forsythia and daffodils in the small vessel, staying mindful of the lines and movement of the whole piece.
Remember to put your larger flowers at the base of the arrangement and the smaller bloom sizes up higher for the ideal amount of balance.
Use color or shape to create implied lines throughout the arrangement in the same way you would with a piece made entirely of cut flowers.
Add and replace plants as the season wears on to keep the arrangement fresh and fun!