How To Arrange Flowers


Everybody likes flowers, they have a unique ability to brighten up any room.. When it comes to arranging flowers you might be satisfied with simply plunking several different types together in a vase and leaving it at that, but you could have a much more impressive display. All you need is a little imagination and creativeness. Arranging flowers isn't a difficult task, try following the tips below for some impressive results.

Decide on the Kind of Arrangement You Would Like

What kind of flower arrangement would you like to make? It could be a traditional table arrangement in a vase or a bouquet as a gift or a really creative conversational piece. There are many different ways to present different types of flower arrangements.

Select the Shape of the Arrangement

There are a number of different forms that are often used when arranging flowers, these include:

Horizontal arrangement: great for a large table decorations the horizontal arrangement is wide and low. A classic horizontal arrangement is symmetrical in shape and the placement of flowers. The length needs to be two times the height. The container needs to be shallow and broad, the focal flower(s) in the centre and line flowers inserted almost horizontally.

Vertical arrangement: very tall and slender arrangement. These are good for showcasing long, focal blooms. Use a tall container to place your flowers in, it is only required to be wide enough to use only a few surrounding flowers.

Minimal arrangement: this type of arrangement uses only a small number of flowers. In some cases a single stem and flower with only a few filler flowers can be the best option. Deciding on the vase for any minimal arrangement is a lot more important than it is for other types - select a container that is small but stylish.

Triangular arrangement: possibly the most common form of flower arrangement. The tallest flowers are used in the middle, and the smaller sized flowers are positioned around the sides to form a triangle.

Crescent arrangement: the crescent flower arrangement is a bit more advanced than many of the other arrangements though works excellent as a small table decoration. Being asymmetrical does cause problems as it is harder to find a balance when viewed from all angles. The arrangement also needs to be physically stable. Along with your flowers you'll probably require branches and leaves to form the crescent. To keep the arrangement steady it's advisable to use a wide, shallow container/vase.

Oval arrangement: a great arrangement for a formal setting or a living room.. The container should ideally be short and wide. This particular arrangement is not meant to be viewed from three hundred and sixty degrees.

Hogarth's Curve: perhaps the most challenging kind of arrangement. Using just a small number of flowers and commonly greenery the Lazy S is based on the curves of the letter S. Frequently branches or greenery are used to form the S shape to which line flowers are added. The focal flowers fill up the center of the "S" .

Selecting The Type of Flowers

Almost all flowers can be placed in one of the following classes:

Mass flowers - these are the focal point of colour and interest in the arrangement, usually round face large blooms on a single stem. Popular mass flowers (sometimes known as focal flowers) are daisies, magnolias, roses, daffodils, carnations, tulips, sunflowers, iris and lilies.

Line flowers - Lengthy, slim stemmed flowers that give your flower arrangement width and height. Well-known line flowers are snapdragons, gladiolus, curly willow, delphinium, tuberose and bells-of-Ireland.

Filler flowers - filler flowers are small groups of flowers commonly on a single stem, they often include foliage and complete your arrangement. Popular filler flowers are pompon asters, baby's breath, dianthus, heathers and ferns. Filler flowers can also be very good candidates for dried flower arrangements.

When selecting your flowers also think about the following factors:

Select seasonal flowers: they will be both more cost-effective (owing to the simple fact that florists will be able to acquire them at a significantly reduced price) and more in keeping with the time of year.

Floriography: (flower meanings) since people often use flowers as gestures and symbols for communicating with other people there are traditional meanings for flowers that ought to be thought about whether it's to express sympathy ot happiness or love etc.

Colour Scheme

Would you like a warm attention grabbing orange/red arrangement or perhaps a calm lilac/blue one? The effect of color is substantial, the colors in the arrangement (which includes the container) are the key factor in determining the overall feel of your arrangement. If you are not familiar with colour theory, spend a while reading about it - there's lots about it on the web.Knowledge of color theory can be very useful here, take a look at a few of the guides on-line. A few of the options are complimentary colours - colours from the opposing sides of the colour wheel like green and red or blue and orange, or 'analogous colors' similar colours that are adjacent to each other on the colour wheel like yellow and orange or red and purple.

The other option of course is to use a less academic strategy and just decide on colors that you simply find appealing. Always bear in mind however other factors that will determine the colour scheme, like the colour of the surroundings/room,or will there be a theme or are you attempting to express a particular emotion like joy or sympathy.

Assembling the Arrangement

Don't forget, line flowers initially then mass/focal flowers and lastly filler flowers. Whilst you are inserting the flowers make sure you retain a balance of colour throughout, no particular flower or colour should dominate the arrangement.

When possible try to use floral foam within your vase, it can make it far less difficult to locate and support the flowers. Do not forget to soak the foam in water and food. .

Cut short the size of any stems as necessary. The heaviest flowers should be positioned at the bottom of the arrangement. Use a cutting knife to slant and also shape the stems and remove any flowers or leaves that will be below the water line. For most arrangements all flowers should face outwards