You can create a beautiful centerpiece before all of your show-stopping perennials and bushes are in bloom. Just look around at the many blooming trees and bushes this spring. Add some greenery, and you have a simple-but very pretty-arrangement for your table.
Walk around and take some cuttings. I still had pruning to do on my viburnum and dogwood so they were easy choices. Also, I had Solomon’s seal that was invading my chives and lily of the valley (somewhat invasive) that was invading a Japanese painted fern. I added a few cuttings from a fothergilla bush and for interest, some viburnum summer snowflake.
Find a bowl or vase and add
some chicken wire, a floral frog or some other piece to hold your stems. I had an grapevine sphere from an old topiary, so I used that.
Start with some of your strongest pieces first to make a base, and build from there adding smaller and more delicate plant materials last.
It’s really very easy and so rewarding. Why buy flowers, when you can create your own centerpiece at no cost, with your own two hands?