Picking your flowers (and vase) _ When selecting your flowers, try to pick a few colors and shapes that will work well together. You can go with a monochromatic design (all one color) for a contemporary look, choose all warm colors for a strong happy statement, or mix every color you love for a natural feeling that will bring the outdoors indoors.
Designers of contemporary collections often combine flowers with fruits to make their arrangements good enough to eat, an abundance of fragrant sweet peas displayed in a vase full of strawberries give a terrific look to any summer dinner party. Slices of limes and lemons work wonderfully with white roses to give a clean crisp effect. Miniature trees, stripped of their leaves and replaced by single heads of pastel shades of asters provide an interesting focal point for a large room.