Garden Creativity: 3 Fun Flower Arrangement Fillers

We once had friends over for a barbeque, and at the last minute, I decided I wanted to have some fresh flower arrangements on the table. I ran around the yard to see what we had, and we didn’t have much. There were a few sad-looking dahlias, nearly past their prime. A few wildflowers were still tenaciously blooming, although most had already gone to seed, and that was about it. I needed to use some vegetable garden creativity!

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My eyes strayed over to the vegetable garden. Something feathery was swaying gracefully in the gentle breeze. I slowly approached the delicate fronds, realizing that the answer to my dilemma was right in front of me. Vegetable garden creativity to the rescue!


This was just what I needed for my casual Mason jar arrangements. The asparagus, which had been cut back in the spring, had sprouted lovely-looking greenery. Maybe I could find other arrangement-fillers elsewhere in amongst the veggies.

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Radishes to the Rescue

Nearby, the radish row beckoned. Only one person in my family likes to eat radishes, so there are always leftover plants that stay in the ground long enough to develop tall stems with pink or white blossoms. This might horrify some people, but I like the way the blooms look in the vegetable garden after the root is no longer good to eat. Some people might pull them out right away, but I like to let them go through the flowering cycle, then go to seed. If I had needed to fill larger jars or vases with my arrangement, I might have used the radish blossoms, but I ended up just leaving them to continue adding color to their row.

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Just Dill With It (Sorry, silly pun!)

If you have ever planted dill, you probably never had to buy seeds again. Dill is a prolific self-seeder, at least in my garden. After rototilling in the spring, somehow the seeds still manage to sprout all over the vegetable garden. I treat most of the sprouts like weeds, pulling them up and discarding them. I do leave a few plants to grow to maturity, if they are located in places that don’t interfere with the growth of anything else. Dill would have been a good choice for a tall flower arrangement-filler, but my little Mason jars were only the one-pint variety, so I left the dill for another day.


Asparagus for the Garden Creativity Win

In the end, I chose to use just the asparagus fronds in my arrangements. They fit the casual summer barbeque mood, along with a few dahlias, bachelor buttons, and yellow poppies. Thank you, vegetable garden! The arrangements made the table look festive in a laid-back sort of way.

Flower Arrangement

My Favorite Garden Mentor

Before I conclude this post, I must give accolades to the person who inspired, and continues to inspire, my gardening efforts. Her name was Dulcy Mahar. For over 22 years she wrote a  newspaper column for the gardening section of The Oregonian. She passed away in 2011. Although I never met her, I felt as though I could relate to her. She confessed, “As a gardener, I learn by trial and error, and error, and error.” She was never afraid to share her mistakes. I was happy to learn that her witticisms live on in two collections of her columns. The first one, is called Back in the Garden With Dulcy. It’s a compilation of some of her favorite newspaper columns and is a very entertaining read.

The second volume, Through the Seasons with Dulcy: More Favorite Columns by the Oregonian Garden Writer Dulcy Mahar, is a further collection of her humorous and informative writing.

If you have never read one of Dulcy Mahar’s columns, you are in for a treat. I often think of her when I try something new, such as growing ornamental scarlet runner beans, as described in my post about guilt-free gardening

Used Garden Creativity Lately?

Do you have any unconventional favorite flower arrangement-fillers?  Did you have to resort to using vegetable garden creativity as I did? Are you a fellow fan of Dulcy Mahar? I’d sure appreciate reading any comments you care to share.

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14 thoughts on “Garden Creativity: 3 Fun Flower Arrangement Fillers”

  1. Wow! I would definitely not have thought about this! Such inspiration and creativity. It looks so beautiful.

    • Lina,

      Thanks so much for your positive words. You made my day!


  2. Beautiful! I don’t have a green thumb, so this was great 🙂

    • Sabrina,

      As I consider myself to be artistically challenged, your kind comment means a lot. I hope it gives you encouragement and confidence. Thanks for commenting!


  3. Love this post! Really inspires me to start a garden of my own 😀

    • Love and Literature,

      I’m glad you feel inspired. Every year I try a variety of things. Some do well, some don’t, but it is satisfying to grow something and use it. I hope you get to plant some things and have fun!


  4. I love DIY’s, and I also love flowers. But who dosen’t huh ?
    This activity looks so fun and the result is pretty, I will give it a try !

    • Maya,

      I hope you get the chance to try some flower-arranging creativity. I love to arrange cut flowers, but I’m not very speedy with it yet. I’m always on the lookout for more ideas! Thanks for commenting, and have a wonderful week!


  5. Beautiful ideas! I love what you’ve come up with. It’s rustic but also classy at the same time.

    • Nyxie,

      Thank you for the kind words. Most of my ideas are the result of happy accidents. I’m glad you liked this one. Thanks for your comment, and have a super day!


  6. The flowers are beautiful ! Recently me and my dad spoke about starting a green house in our backyard ! This gives me inspiration lol because I have no clue what to do ! thank you

    • Adrienne,

      How fun to have a greenhouse! I tried one once, but forgot to water the plants inside. I depend on the Oregon rain to do that with our yard. Good luck with your greenhouse project. I’d love to have updates on its progress. Thanks for your encouraging comment, and good luck with all of your future gardening endeavors.


  7. Beautiful! I’m always looking for inspiration, as I love to have flowers in my room! They add life and colour to any indoor space. Thank you for sharing and I’ll take these tips with me 🙂

    • Chelsea,

      I’m glad you found my ideas inspiring. If you have any flower arranging tips for me, I’d love to know them. I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. Thanks for commenting, and may all of your flower-arranging endeavors turn out well.



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