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Come midsummer the farmers' market is brimming with fruits, vegetables, and garden-fresh flowers. Picking up a bucket of these seasonal blooms, stylist Paul Lowe devised 10 beautiful — and easy — floral treatments. For a summer party, he suggests pairing dahlias, clematis, viburnum, chocolate cosmos, chamomile, and eucalyptus berries with vintage containers for a look he calls "rustic elegance." "Flowers are versatile," he adds. "There are so many things you can do."