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Dahlia Arrangements

Introduction

Dahlias are very exuberant and seduce the eye, so it is better to get playful than to try to control their shape in a static arrangement. Use one color as a base, playing with another on top -- it's almost impossible to go wrong and you'll get a gorgeous piece.

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cover top of vase with tape in a grid formation. This helps create volume and balances the weight of the flowers on top of each other so the ones on the bottom don't get smashed. It's also helpful to hold the flowers in place when the vase isn't very deep.

  2. Step 2

    Select dahlias that are not too closed or too open. Make sure the petals don't come off easily, and strip the leaves from the stems.

  3. Step 3

    Choose dahlias from the pile and start to cut and arrange the flowers within the grid.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, September September Fall 2007 2007

Reviews (5)

  • 2 Feb, 2009

    I planted an entire garden with dahlias for my daughter's september wedding.. They are the most spectacular blossoms - always strong, straight forward and elegant. Just like the women in our family!

  • 2 Feb, 2009

    Don't ever doubt the fabulous show a dahlia brings to your occasion! My daughter and I are planning these for her wedding - and I'm thrilled! They're the queens of the garden and always the star of the show!

  • 26 Jun, 2008

    I had dahlias in my wedding bouquet, and they lasted amazingly, and were totally beautiful. If it is a good florist, there should be no problem. Mine didn't even question it!

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    I recently had an appointment with a florist to discuss flower arrangements for my wedding. I really want dahlias and an assortment of mums in my bridesmaids' bouquets, but the florist told me that dahlias were a bad idea since they fall apart easily. Is this true? Should I stick to my decision anyway, or should I trust the florist's opinion?

  • 20 Jun, 2008

    Our daughter will be getting married in a rustic country church on September 6th filled with candlelight and dahlia's, her favorite flower!