by Edited by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 11, 2012

Flowers and floating candles

Love the look of pricey flowers like orchids or lilies but think they don't fit your budget? They can, if you use just a few stems creatively displayed. Susan Rapson, owner of Vail, Colo.-based A Secret Garden, fills a 16-by-4-inch glass cylinder with water up to three inches from the top, submerges three Dendrobium orchids or mini calla lilies and then places a floating candle on top. Rapson says the look can save up to $45 per arrangement by using this technique. (970) 476-2241;