23 Spring Flower Arrangements That Put the Season's Best Blooms on Display

Photo: Sang An

While flower lovers can enjoy a robust garden year round, spring is typically associated with the most floral activity. Dormant and patient after a long winter, bulbs suddenly shoot up from the earth, breaking into breathtaking color that makes for quite the show.

It makes sense, then, that we thoroughly enjoy snipping a few (or bunches of) spring blooms and placing them inside our homes: After a long, cold winter, what's better than bringing bright, beautiful blooms from the outdoors in? And with so many varieties to play with, creative, dynamic centerpieces are so often the fruits of our labor.

Kevin Sharkey, the executive vice president and executive design director of the Martha Stewart brand, is a flower-arranging connoisseur; he loves working within the floral palette of the season. Take this compote, for example: When bright Icelandic poppies and tulips are in season, Kevin's sweet tooth guides his method. "Candy-colored blossoms resonate unlike any other for me," he says. "I can almost taste the blooms." He began building this array with tulips, filled it out with poppies, and then softened the mass with mimosa.

We have ideas that feature all kinds of spring flowers, like poppies, tulips, paperwhites, deliphiums, daffodils, and more. They all have one thing in common: These spring flower arrangements will look lovely inside your home.

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Bright Tulips

Kate Mathis

At the dawn of spring, color creeps back into our lives: Yellow daffodils and multi-hued tulips poke up in our gardens and pastels define our wardrobes. Let these lighter, brighter shades inform your spring flower arrangements—whether you're creating a focal point for Easter, Passover, or just because—too. This simple, but impactful centerpiece, filled with white, yellow, and peach tulips, showcases the best florals and hues spring has to offer, and works just as well on a coffee table as it does at the center of a holiday dining table.

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two pots of narcissi paperwhites flowers
Lennart Weibull

You can purchase forced paperwhites—a form of narcissus that is closely related to daffodils—at local garden shops in the winter, but these plants are native early-spring bloomers. On the cusp of the season, place a few into a bark-inspired vase and top them with moss. It's the ultimate transitional arrangement.

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Pretty Poppies

painted glass vases with flowers on gray stand
Addie Juell

Who says you need masses of blooms to craft a statement-making centerpieces? Place citrus-hued poppies in similarly-hued bud vases to create a springtime vignette that will turn heads.

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Branches Galore


Jump-start spring by forcing branches of early-flowering trees and shrubs. Massed at eye level in a rustic trough, pink cherry blossoms join white dogwood and spirea to give armchair nature lovers a breath of fresh air. The branches stand in chicken wire that has been bent to fit the container's liner. Moss and lichen from a florist mask the wire support in sylvan style.

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Deep Blue Delphinium and Larkspur


Stems of delphinium and larkspur in blue-violet tones form an arrangement that's at once subtle and opulent. This idea features an ombré effect. Plus, consider matching your table accessories. The blue vase offers a monochromatic touch, here.

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Domed Roses


We gathered an armful of garden roses in a tight range of soft colors to form this arching dome, set in a 19th-century blown-glass compote. The stems were inserted one by one, steadied by a floral frog at the vase's base.

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Eggshell Cups


Hollowed-out eggshells make naturally beautiful vases for tiny flower arrangements. Individually or grouped together in a centerpiece, these tiny arrangements make a wonderful addition to the place settings at your table.

1. Break an egg at the top of its shell, drain the contents, and carefully rinse out the inside.

2. Fill the empty shell with room-temperature water and place it in an eggcup for stability.

3. Finally, insert small cuttings of your favorite blossoms (we used lilacs, lily of the valley, and violas).

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Oversized Urn

Ditte Isager

Do you want to arrange an oversize floral display in your home? Consider this urn arrangement. This includes Kousa dogwood, mock orange, viburnum, mountain laurel, and garden roses.

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Classic Tulips

Christopher Baker

Tulips join their spring garden companions in a display by Tineke Geerlings, a Dutch floral arranger. 'Cairo,' 'Apricot Parrot,' 'Princess Unique,' 'Sensual Touch,' 'Teletubbie,' viburnum, apple blossoms, hosta leaves, and hellebores fill a vase by designer Hella Jongerius.

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Bright purple blooms speak beautifully to the spring season. This lilac arrangement has height and visual drama with the help of a serving bowl from the kitchen or china cabinet.

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Tulip and Peony Mix

Frederic Lagrange

For this delicately colored display, Kevin combined silky tulips; green snowball viburnums; large, single-petaled peonies; and the velvety foliage of scented geraniums.

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Fishbowl Garden

Ditte Isager

Want to put a spin on a typical floral arrangement? Consider this fishbowl garden. It features echeveria, aeonium, tree peonies, paphiopedilum, asparagus ferns, lotus pods, scabiosa seed heads, and pitcher plant flowers.

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Tree Peonies

Frederic Lagrange

In this display, Kevin arranged large leaves from a variegated hosta plant—commonly found in gardens but not often used in arrangements—to build a strong foundation (as well as color palette) for tree peonies and lady's mantle.

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Mother's Day Blooms


Occasions such as Mother's Day call for the floral equivalent of a big hug. Candy colors, mixed textures, and varied sizes radiate homey spontaneity, especially when the "vase" is endearingly improvised from a flea-market find.

A yellow teapot, with ample room for water below a narrow opening, becomes the perfect vessel for clasping a generous bunch of tulips, hyacinths, peonies, and, of course, forget-me-nots.

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Champagne Flute Vessels


This arrangement features tulips, lisianthus, wax flowers, and ranunculus in similar colors. Four individual arrangements are nestled in Champagne flutes, a great, unique vessel for flowers.

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Daffodils Only

daffodils in glass vase by window
Matthew Septimus

Daffodils are arranged in a simple vase, here, which showcases the beauty of the blooms with their different-hued centers. Daffodils release a substance harmful to other flowers, though, so they are best kept to themselves in arrangements.

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Low Centerpiece


This low centerpiece features hydrangeas, dusty miller, sea thistle, roses, echinops, astrantia, mountain laurel, clematis, lady's mantle, and blueberries.

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Bright and Early Arrangement

Frederic Lagrange

A European tulipiere was designed to display one tulip in each "finger." "I love to mix small fringed tulips with early viburnum and muscari in this vessel," says Martha.

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Bleeding Hearts and Pops of Purple

Frederic Lagrange

Martha has a penchant for clear-glass containers such as this one, which shows off a wonderful mix of tulips, white bleeding hearts, and the wavy leaves of bird's-nest fern.

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Mingle dainty Spanish bluebells with fluffy chive blossoms for textured arrangements. Place them in bright vases, like the ones pictured here, for a stunning spring display.

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Bulb Central

Roland Bello

The long-awaited drama of a cluster of hyacinths and daffodils pushing up from the earth doesn't quite carry over to a few paltry blooms in a vase. Imitate this spring ritual by rearranging several bouquets of same-color blossoms in clay and terra-cotta pots and urns.

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Tulip Arrangement

Frederic Lagrange

Make a tulip arrangement like Kevin and place a large cluster of solid and striped tulips in a vase. Its gold stripes echo, but not competing with, the flowers.

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