Arranging Flowers


Everyone likes flowers, remarkable ability to liven up a room or the outside of your house is second to none. The majority of us will just bunch a number of various kinds of flowers together and leave it at that, but much more impressive results can be achieved once you know the way to arrange flowers effectively. Arranging flowers is not a difficult task, try out the tips below for some impressive results.

Kind of Arrangement

Decide which style of flower arrangement you want. It could be a traditional table arrangement in a vase or a bouquet as a gift or a really creative conversational piece. Don't be afraid of being creative, there are countless ways of presenting different types of arrangements

Choose the Form of the Arrangement

You may be surprised to discover that there are a number of different standard forms of flower arrangement, these are:

  • Minimal arrangement : as the title implies this kind of arrangement works by using a small number of blooms. Minimal arrangements can potentially look elegant as well as understated.
  • Horizontal arrangement : wide and low arrangement, good for a large table decoration. A traditional horizontal arrangement is symmetrical in form and the placement of flowers. The width needs to be two times the height. The container needs to be shallow and wide, the focal flower(s) in the centre and line flowers positioned almost horizontally.
  • Vertical arrangement : very tall and slender arrangement. If you've got several long focal flowers you would like to showcase use this arrangement. Use a tall container to place your flowers in, it is only required to be wide enough to use just a small number of surrounding flowers.
  • Triangular arrangement: most likely the most popular type of flower arrangement. The tallest flowers are used in the middle, whilst smaller sized flowers are placed around the sides to form a triangular shape.
  • Crescent arrangement : relatively challenging to get right for a newcomer though great for a smaller table decoration. An asymmetrical arrangement the crescent needs to be well balanced, not only aesthetically nut also physically so it does not fall over It's very likely that you will also need to have a number of leaves or branches to build the crescent. The container or vase also needs to be broad and fairly low to keep the arrangement secure.
  • Oval arrangement : a great arrangement for a formal setting or a living room.. The arrangement is not meant to be looked at from 360 degrees.
  • The Lazy "S": difficult "S" shape that generally requires some proficiency to pull off . Essentially the Lazy "S" is a minimal flower arrangement based on the contours of the letter S. Very often branches or greenery are used to form the S shape to which line flowers are added. The focal and filler flowers populate the middle of the "S" .
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Arrangement Colour Scheme:

Would you like a dark, soothing green/lilac/blue arrangement or a more lively red/orange/yellow one? Colours are possibly the most crucial consideration when choosing your flowers. Being aware of colour theory can be very beneficial here - there are lots of guides on the internet.

A few of the options are complimentary colours - colours from the opposite sides of the colour wheel like green and red or blue and orange, or 'analogous colours' similar colours that are adjacent to one another on the colour wheel like yellow and orange or red and purple.

One other solution of course is to try using a less academic approach and decide on colours which you find pleasing. Colours can also express different types of emotions like, blue is often used to communicate peace and tranquility but also confidence and yellows represent happiness. Try to choose the colours for the sentiments you are conveying.

Deciding on Appropriate Flowers

When you walk into your florist you may be overwhelmed with the range of flowers to begin with however they can all be narrowed down into a few standard types:

  • Mass flowers : these flowers give your bouquet weight, they're commonly rounded and full faced. Examples of focal flowers include : carnation, freesia, rose, gerbera, sunflower, lily, tulip, chrysanthemum, iris, zinnia, alstroemeria and protea, Typically sold in bunches and are typically located in the middle of the arrangement.
  • Line flowers : These flowers provide your bouquet with height, width and shape. As the name suggests they are tall as well as slender typically with buds along the stem. Examples of line flowers include delphinium, tuberose, stock, gladiolus and snapdragons. You can use tall foliage or branches instead of line flowers
  • Filler flowers : these are little clusters of flowers typically on a single stem, they frequently include foliage and round out your arrangement. Examples of filler flowers include : ferns, aster, baby's breath, feverfew, Queen Anne's lace, heather, eucalyptus.


There are some other considerations you might want to keep in mind when selecting the flowers:

Flower symbolism : Floriography or the language of flowers - just like colours, since Victorian times many flowers posses particular meanings/symbolism.

Select seasonal flowers : they will be both less expensive (due to the simple fact that florists will be able to obtain them at a much reduced price) and probably more in keeping with the time of the year.

Go with your gut : there are numerous rules with regards to mixing particular flowers or hues, but the truth is you know better than anybody what you find pleasing to your eye. In the event the arrangement is for you or your own home just choose flowers and colours that you like.


The Floral Arrangement

It is best to place the flowers into the vase in this specific sequence : line flowers then focal flowers then filler flowers.

As you position the flowers aim to allocate each and every flower its own space within the arrangement whilst maintaining a balance of colour throughout.

Cut a piece of floral foam just wide enough to fit within your container but protruding about one " above it's rim .. The largest, heaviest flowers should be located at the bottom.

Cut the stems length to suit the shape of the arrangement Use a cutting knife to slant and also shape the stems and remove ant flowers or leaves that will be below the water line. A sharp edge knife is required to create a cut that will let water to enter the flower stems.