tabletop arrangement contains succulents, ranunculus, pin
cushion protea and tulips. Arrangement by Katie Zignego and
Bjorn Chinander, Sendik’s in Mequon.
arrangement, with its paaopping orange hues, is a welcome rush of
color this spring. Yellow and gray and pink and mint are also hot
color combinations for the season, according to Katie Zignego, floral
department manager at Sendik’s in Mequon.
are also very popular right now," she says. "The look that’s
in is organic and natural, and it goes well with that. A lot of people
like them in their homes because they are not high maintenance."
Stenberg planted this pot with Alocasia Polly, commonly called
elephant ears; Marguerite Impomoea, commonly called sweet potato
vine; superbells white Calibrachoa hybrid, commonly called
million bells; Supertunia Orchid Charm, petunia hybrid, and
Supertunia Royal Velvet petunia hybrid. Stenberg says the sweet
potato vine is replacing the vinca vine in popularity. See below
for plants in bloom.
• In general,
flowers should be twice the height of your container.
• Cut the
flowers on an angle with a knife or kitchen scissors. The cleaner you
cut the stem the better water absorption the flower will receive.
• To help keep
the water clean, remove leaves that fall below the water line.
with your outer flowers, place stems in container at an angle, making
a grid pattern and continuing inward toward the center in a
counter-clockwise direction, placing the flowers in front of the
previous row. Larger, heavier flowers should go on the bottom of the
• If using a
shallow container, place the flowers in design foam to hold them in
No more droopy
outdoor floral arrangements with the newly bred lines of petunias and
million bells flowers. Steve Stenberg, manager at The Flower Source in
Germantown, says the new varieties have flowers that are easy,
low-maintenance and continually bloom, plus there’s no dead-heading.
Stenberg chose trendy full-sun plants in a ceramic pot to give a
face-lift to your old standbys.
• Plant your
flowers in your outdoor container at the same depth as the container
you bought them in.
thoroughly after planting, but allow the container to dry out before
the next thorough watering.
• Larger pots
do not need as much water.
are important. Be sure to use well-balanced fertilizer every other
watering for the plants, or at least once a week.