Zinc vase, Dandelion. Pruning scissors, Takashimaya. Tablecloth, Sabira Collection.
"Vines add whimsy, lightness, and grace," says Chezar. "They're deceptively complicated-looking, but it's easy to wind one back around another flower or tuck it under the vase. A lot can be done with things clipped off the back fence."
Large vase, goblets, Jurliska. White vase, Limited Edition.
Bud vases, wineglasses, Roost. Pottery, Collection Regards. Silver candlesticks, Ted Muehling. Tablecloth, Sabira Collection.
- Rather than putting too many unrelated colors in the same arrangement (a common mistake), pick one color or two contrasting shades and play with them. (Chezar's favorite combinations include green and red, peach and silver, butter yellow and slate blue, orange and turquoise.)
- Don't stop at flowers—almost anything that grows is fair game: berries; branches of small, unripe fruit; vines.
Gloriosa lilies, akebia, and variegated honeysuckle romp across an urnful of garden roses, hypericum berries, and branches of unripe peaches and figs. Terracotta urn, Campo de Fiori.
Orange vase, ABC Carpet & Home. Blue vases, Gumps. Fishbowl, Amy Perlin Antiques.