My mom, Erika, grows the most beautiful calla lilies in her garden, and recently she cut some stems for me to take home.
As an afterthought, she threw in a few of the leaves. I’m glad she did because it turns out the blossoms and the leaves can work together to make some stunning arrangements.
To me, calla lilies have a classic contemporary look. They always make me think of old-time Hollywood glamor.
It’s so easy to put them in a large vase, with the long-stemmed flowers towering above the big dramatic leaves, and have a striking arrangement worthy of a movie star’s dressing room.
I made this tall glass vase more stable by weighting the bottom with pebbles.
The Power of One
With a flower so beautiful in its simplicity, it’s nice to showcase just one blossom. Here I used one blossom, one leaf, and a sprig of bamboo to create this minimalist arrangement.
I secured the stems with a floral frog . . .
And then covered the frog with pebbles and water.
A Leaf in the Spotlight
A leaf can also be used to line the inside of a glass vase.
And if the leaf is backlit, say by a window, it’s a work of art in itself.
Pretty simple arrangements, all three. And none of the concepts I used are new, but that doesn’t matter. Because calla lilies give just about any arrangement a fresh, contemporary look.
A Caution to Pet Owners and Parents
These lovely flowers do have a dark side: They are toxic to humans, cats and dogs. Something to consider before bringing them home.
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