MAIN INGREDIENTS: We used café au lait dahlias, ranunculus, and astilbe. Alternatives include alstroemeria, freesia, and hydrangea.
HOW-TO: Pick your main color and purchase blooms both lighter and darker in the same color family. Prepare a low bowl with a flower frog and netting, and then build your arrangement in an arc, clustering the darkest shades on one end and the lightest on the other. As you shift between shades, sprinkle in a few stems of the adjoining color to create a gradual transition. Make the color sections rich and interesting by including focus flowers (like dahlias), leafy stems (like ninebark), and drapey elements (like andromeda shrubs) within each. Keep the shape symmetrical by incorporating similarly sized elements in mirroring sections (for example, scabiosa on the right and lisianthus on the left).
PRO TIP: Check out your arrangement from all angles. If one side seems lacking, add in a few extra blooms to make it more full.