Lovely Succulent and Hydrangea DIY

I first spotted this lovely succulent a couple of months ago at the San Francisco Flower Mart. So, I promptly bought a couple of stems, used them in an arrangement and then planted them in my garden. Did you know that you can re-plant a single cut stem and that it will continue to grow?! This particular succulent plant is called Aeonium Sunburst, and I just love its unique color combination. I decided to combine it with some Japanese privet berries (a tree right in front of my house), some annuals from the garden, as well as some amazing light pink 'Big Ben' hydrangeas. Succulents are often used to add body and texture to an arrangement, but they also work very well as the star. With their ability to be replanted after use, they are also an amazing bargain in the world of cut flowers.

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Flowers: succulent (Aeonium Sunburst), hydrangea ("Big Ben"), garden annuals, Japanese privet tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Simple Carrot Greens Basket DIY

My lovely neighbor gave me the cut greens from a bunch of carrots, and I thought that they would be lovely with some simple annual garden blooms. I found this shallow basket at a garage sale (you never know what amazing things you will find), and it works out very nicely in this oh-so-simple arrangement. This would be great on a small end table or even a coffee table to add a bit of color and texture. Making beautiful arrangements doesn't need to be costly, complicated, or time consuming. This arrangement cost a total of $8 (including the basket) and took less than 3 minutes.

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Flowers:

Cut carrot greens, any generic colorful annual blooms

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood