My dahlias are the pride and joy of my garden. I’ve waited all season for them to bloom and now here they are! They are the most gorgeous flowers for arranging, and today I’m going to share with you a loose, harvest arrangement: perfect for your Thanksgiving table. This arrangement requires very few materials: just some lovely autumnal blooms, greenery, and a short vase.

How to create a loose harvest floral arrangement |

This type of arrangement can easily be re-created with many different types of flowers. Depending on the time of year, you could use peonies, roses, or even hydrangeas. You will need:

  • 1 large bloom (I used a “Holly Houston” dahlia)
  • 5-6 medium blooms (I used the burgundy pom and “Blended Beauty” dahlias)
  • 4-6 stems of filler flowers (I used lavender)
  • A variety of greenery of different sizes and textures.
  • A short vase (clear is fine, as you will not be using any floral foam)

You should prepare your flowers before you arrange them by making sure the stems are cut with floral shears or a sharp knife. If you’d like to learn how to prepare your flowers before arranging them, you can check out this post.

The first step to creating this sort of arrangement is to build a framework of greenery. I used all greenery found in my garden: spirea, wild sage, and maple leaves. This framework is what will hold up the dahlias, so make sure to build it fairly densely. Try to keep things asymmetrical. Since you aren’t using floral foam, you’ll have to keep tweaking the placement of your greenery and flowers as you go.

How to create a loose harvest floral arrangement |

Once you have built your framework, add a few “focal” (i.e. major) blooms at varying heights. I used the “Holly Houston” dahlia and my two burgundy poms. You can skootch (that is the technical term) things around in the vase if need be. Remember that this is going to be a loose sort of arrangement: don’t try to place things too rigidly.

How to create a loose harvest floral arrangement |

Once your framework and focal blooms are placed, you can add a few more blooms and some filler. I added my “Blended Beauty” dahlias and some sprigs of lavender. These blooms help everything to stand up a little straighter.

How to create a loose harvest floral arrangement |

Finally, fill out your arrangement with one or two more blooms and filler flowers. Tweak your arrangement, keeping in mind that the eye likes asymmetry and triangular shapes.

How to create a loose harvest floral arrangement |

So, my wonderful Canadian readers: how are you planning to dress your Thanksgiving table? Will your centrepiece feature flowers, gourds, pumpkins, or candles? Or maybe all of the above? Leave me a comment and let’s share some Thanksgiving inspiration! (Of course my readers from destinations farther-flung are welcome to comment… Perhaps you are already thinking of your Thanksgiving or harvest tables?)

And in case you want to pin this tutorial, here are all the steps in one handy-dandy image!

Here's how to create a beautiful harvest arrangement using dahlias |

Happy Thanksgiving!


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  1. Thanks. My dahlias aren’t quite as varied as yours, but you have inspired me to make a Thanksgiving bouquet with them, and whatever else as greenery. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

    • Thanks, Hilda! I can’t wait to have enough dahlia varieties to say that I am a collector. (My aunt and uncle have an amazing collection: all of mine come from them.) I hope your bouquet turns out well!

  2. Your centerpiece is beautiful! I’m sure your Thanksgiving table will be beautiful. I love your step-by-step guide, especially in one picture. 🙂 Thanks for bringing the flowers to the fiesta, and I hope you have a wonderful upcoming holiday!

  3. Hi, Sarah ~ Lovely arrangement! I’d love to add dahlias to my garden one of these years. I’ve been having so much fun decorating with greenery, flowers, and other items from the backyard. I’m definitely going to give an arrangement like this a try. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again on Sunday night! :0)

  4. Hi Sarah,

    I learnt about you and your website from Atishi Ahluwalia and saw your article in Green Paper Leaf magazine. I loved it!! Gorgeous article!!! I am getting married on valentine’s day and want to make my own flower arrangements any tips for colours? I am wearing a white/beige lace gown and am not too sure what flower colours I should do.

    <3 Samantha H

    • Hi Samantha! I’m so glad you got in touch! Why don’t you email me using the “Contact” page, so that we can have a longer conversation about your flowers. I’d be happy to give you a few pointers. There’s also quite a few DIY floral tutorials in my “Floral & Garden” page! Looking forward to hearing from you.

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