Even with their bold leaves, hostas don't always jump out from their shady beds. But bring them inside and their lush look will brighten any space.
Tuck cuttings into different sized vessels with proper blooms such as Astilbe and Lady's Mantle. (Tapered containers will help the stems stand nicely.) Set arrangements in a cool spot away from direct sun; they'll last a week.
Garden plants -- including these 'Blue Mammoth' and 'Silver Lode' hostas -- revive themselves overnight. Your arrangements will look fresher and last longer if you snip the leaves and flowers at the start of the day, when temperatures are coolest. Cut greenery close to the ground to ensure long stems for arranging; you can trim those that will end up in smaller vases later on.