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Two Ways to Dress Up a Garden Party Table

Magazine article Sunset

Two Ways to Dress Up a Garden Party Table

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You love your garden. That's why you want to share it - literally - by sending guests home from a summer party with charming souvenirs. Here are two ways to do that.

1. Blooms by the bunch

Two or three stems each of flowers that dry well - purple sea lavender (Limonium perezii) and L. latifolium - with a spray of deep green camellia leaves behind make up the little bouquet pictured above. Snip the stems to 3 inches long, gather the flowers as shown, and tie them with natural-colored raffia.

Other flowers to try: globe amaranth in mixed colors, sprays of lavender with coral bells (Heuchera), or yarrow. Other foliage: citrus, sprenger asparagus fern, or sword fern.

2. Button-size bouquets

Some plants bear diminutive but bouquet-perfect blooms with enough stem to help them last up to two weeks when cut. The ones pictured above right come in sunny fiesta colors; all, except where noted, are summer annuals that grow well throughout the West and should be in nurseries this month. For a softer look, try asters, fever-few, or miniature roses.

THE PLANTS

* Asteriscus maritimus (also sold as Gold Coin). Showy yellow daisylike flowers, about 1 1/2 inches across on foot-tall plants. …

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