Spirea: An essential stem for wild spring arrangements

Your edit of floral ingredients is key to wild, natural compositions. Spirea branches offer curvy foliage and small, sweet, white flowers for an unruly touch to compositions. Their hefty branches and well-lasting foliage and flowers make great bases for compositions.

To harvest and condition:

Use the woody stem cut shown here

Harvest or purchase when only half the stem is in bloom and the flowers at the top are still in bud

Place in lukewarm water right away and let sit out of direct sun for a few hours before working with the stems

To compose:

Use in a monotype composition for a full, lush and simply wild arrangement

Use shorter stems as a base for low, natural compositions

Like a vine for length and curve to bring space and wildness to any size arrangement

For height in tall arrangements

As a filler

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