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Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Centerpiece for the Outdoor Great Room

I wanted to make a pretty good sized centerpiece for the farmhouse style table in the outdoor great room,   but I didn't have very many flowers available in the garden.

I have a few tips to make a few flowers look like a lot more.     

Use a lot of greenery!

 My asparagus ferns are lush a full,  so I just cut several stems to use in my centerpiece.

  Mix potted plants in with your cut flowers.   The white cone flowers in the back are in small pots.

Here is a tip I have used for years.......    
Use the dried flowers from previous centerpieces as filler.   If you let your roses dry in a vase of water,  the stem will be strong and the dried petals will stay put for quite a while.    See how pretty the dried pink roses look mixed in with the fresh roses!

Adding another element to the front or side of the centerpiece makes your bouquet look visually bigger.    ( I added a group of ducks on a silver platter to the front of my centerpiece)    If you scroll back up to the second photo in this post,  you can see how I added two platters of ducks to make my centerpiece look bigger.

Think out of the box .....use dill, sage,  or parsley to fill in around your fresh flowers

In addition to using asparagus fern and dill flowers,   I cut a stems of purple Russian sage to use as filler with my fresh flowers.

So to sum it centerpiece contains 4 pink roses,  3 pink dahlia's and 2 peach rose buds....the rest is filler!


  1. Penny,
    So pretty!! Love the ducks and the "Quack, Quack!" Hope you are having a great week!!


  2. Very pretty and I love your ducks.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

  3. So very pretty....I could sit there all day. smiles

  4. It looks darling, Penny! I really love those cute little ducks on your chalkboard tray. Lovely!
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight).
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  5. Hi Penny, Great ideas for fillers! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

  6. Your centerpieces are beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. Your outdoor room is wonderful. I could spend hours just sitting there admiring all you decorations. And the centerpiece is perfect!

  8. Great tip on the filler for your gorgeous centerpiece, Penny! I tend to use fresh herbs for mine ;) Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  9. Precioso arreglo floral, Penny, y muy buenos consejos. Saludos.

  10. Great tips Penny and your floral centerpiece is both lovely and summery.
    Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday. I'm delighted to be featuring you at tomorrow's party. Hugs ~ Kerryanne


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