Adding slices of fresh lemons, grapefruit, oranges, and limes to flower arrangements is a cheap and easy way to take your centerpieces to the next level. Hence, my Summer Citrus Centerpiece. Particularly if it’s a special occasion but you still want the flowers to have a “just thrown together from my garden” look.
For my Summer Citrus Centerpieces I used really small blooms, spray roses, mini pom poms, mini carnations, tiny gerber daisies, and baby hydrangeas. I figured the smaller blooms would be a nice contrast for the BIG slices of citrus fruits I stuffed in as filler.
A few things to note before you start though:
- The acidity in citrus will lower the lifespan of the flowers. So if you’re making these arrangements ahead of time, we recommend putting in the slices at the last minute.
- We used oranges and lemons in this arrangement but you can also use limes, grapefruit and blood oranges if you have them readily available. Blood oranges will really give you that WOW factor if it’s a dinner event.
- Don’t use soft fruits like apples, kiwis or peaches. They will start breaking down pretty quickly in water.
- People will be asking if they can take them home and/or try to steal this idea for themselves. So get ready.
Get a selection of small blooms, depending on whatever is freshest at your flower market. Remember, you want to get the freshest flowers because you will want these to last as long as possible.
If you’re not sure what to get…
Ask your florist if they have these: spray roses, mini carnations, mini pom poms, ranunculus, peony, gerber daisies, lisianthus, baby’s breath
Don’t use these: large hydrangeas (too fragile!), roses (too typical!), jasmine (too fragrant!), dahlias (too fancy!) or sunflowers (too obvious!)
But at the end of the day, if you really like it, just get it. Just make sure it’s not something that will fall apart really easily and you’ll be fine.
As for colors, because this was a summer arrangement, try to use warm colors — pinks, yellows, oranges and whites to balance them out. Here we did a pink story with some very light green mini hydrangeas and white gerbers to round out the look. You want the arrangement to look striking but casual all at the same time.
8 16oz mason jars
1 container of flower food (you’ll need about a tablespoon for each jar)
1 bunch of spray roses
2 bunches of mini carnations
2 bunches of mini gerber daisies
1 bunch of mini pom poms
2 lemons (16 slices)
2 oranges (16 slices)
Floral wire (you can get 1 roll at Michael’s for like $4.00)
Floral Shears (extra sharp)
Clear a space for yourself. Work with one bunch of flowers at a time. Open the package, take one stem and remove all of the bottom leaves on the stem so that the stem is bare and only the bloom is left.
Using one flower as a guide flower and the shears as your scissors, trim the stem so that the stem is about half an inch shorter than the mason jar. When you’re trimming the stem, cut it at an angle so that more water will be absorbed.
Repeat those steps on the rest of the flowers in that bunch. Do the same with the rest of the flowers, and try to have as many individual stems as possible that are consistent in size.
Fill each mason jar about halfway full of cold water and mix in a tablespoon of flower food into each one. Stir them until the food has completely dissolved.
Now that the flowers are all de-leafed and trimmed, you can start making a small bouquet for each mason jar and then tie them with a piece of floral wire. Try to portion out the flowers evenly among all 8 bouquets. For example if you have 16 daisies, just use 2 daisies per bouquet. Also, space out the colors so that not all of the pink flowers are bunched up together on one side.
If necessary, trim the stems again so that the bouquet neatly rests at the rim of the mason jar and the ends of the stems are about half an inch above the base.
Right before you’re going to put out the citrus centerpiece, carefully tuck in the orange and lemon slices. Alternating between orange and lemon.