Zinnias are gorgeous even when plunked (predictably) into mason jars. But with the right mix, the farm-stand favorites can be downright dazzling.
Loose & Lively
Zinnias in pitchers are a standby of rustic décor, and no wonder: The flowers evoke the carefree beauty of farmhouse gardens. For a more sophisticated spin, Chezar bunches red, gold, orange, and chocolate "Persian Carpet" zinnias in white Astier de Villatte pottery (from $75 each, abchome.com)— creating a haute-but-homey French-country feel. The narrow color palette makes them chic: "Zinnias have a big impact when massed together by color," she says. "It's when you mix all the shades together that they seem more pedestrian and familiar."
This red-and-pink bouquet has a classic round shape and a foundation of traditional bridal blooms. (Hey there, spray roses, dahlias, and carnations.) But it's the "Mazurkia" zinnias that add new style to the pretty arrangement—and lend it a bit of deeper meaning, too. In the Victorian language of flowers, zinnias represent thoughts of absent friends. With this clutch, you can carry their love with you down the aisle.
The Details: Pink vintage brocade ribbon (#40283), $65/yd., eastcoasttrimming.com.