Many people think of amaryllis solely as a holiday flower, but because of the availability and the array of colors - coral, green, white, pink, salmon, etc.- it is a perfect flower to consider from winter into early spring. A tall glass container of apricot colored amaryllis and blooming quince branches is a striking arrangement for any home, traditional or modern.
Quality stems do tend to be more expensive per stem than other flowers, but considering their vase life, they are quite worth their value. Check out this month's issue of At Home Tennessee Magazine where you'll find more tips from the talented professionals at The Garden District in Memphis.
Tips for Arranging with Amaryllis:
1. When placing in oasis insert a long stake into the hollow stem (a bamboo shish kabob skewer works) to prevent the stem from collapsing from the weight of the opening blossoms.
2. When using tight, unopened stems in an arrangement remember the fully open blossoms can be quite large, so leave space around each stem in your design.
3. Keep the container full of water; amaryllis love to drink and making sure they have plenty of fresh, clean water will assure your arrangement will last as long as possible.
4. Keep your design simple. Amaryllis are so visually dramatic – let them shine.
The Garden District is located at 5040 Sanderlin Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee.