Rustic blooming basket
This month, top florists are styling cheery asters in rustic “welcome” baskets to greet the fall season. “Here, bright-orange and hotpink zinnias evoke the feeling of a September sunset,” says florist Tracy Haferbier. “And the weaved basket adds texture and contrast for a look that reads rustic-chic. Whether displayed on a patio table or a front porch, it’s a beautiful way to say hello to autumn!”
GET THE LOOK
Start by filling a 5"-tall vase halfway with water, then place in a weaved wicker basket. (Optional: Add a craft-store glue dot to the vase base to secure.) Next, cut about 18 zinnias in various shades of pink, orange and yellow to 7 to 9 inches. Insert each stem into the vase, spacing evenly and alternating colors as you go. To finish, tuck in hosta leaves or other leafy greenery to fill in any gaps.
Fresh-cut flowers tend to wilt quickly when exposed to direct sunlight. To make this bunch last up to a week or more, pros suggest making your own floral food. To do: Combine 1 quart of water, 2 Tbs. of lemon juice, 1 Tbs. of sugar and a few drops of bleach; pour into vase. Lemon and bleach eradicate bacteria in the water while sugar nourishes stems for lively, blossoming blooms.