Step by Step Flower Arranging

Everyone loves flowers, they have an exceptional ability to brighten up any room..

The majority of us will just bunch a few various kinds of flowers together and leave it at that, but much more impressive results can be achieved once you learn how to arrange flowers effectively. Flower arranging is not difficult; believe it or not just following the following is likely to make the majority of people 500% better at it.

Type of Flower Arrangement

There are a great deal of different types to choose from here.

It might 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

Select the Shape of the Arrangement

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

Triangular arrangement: an extremely popular type of arrangement. The tallest flowers are located in the middle, whilst smaller flowers are positioned around the sides to form a triangle.

Vertical arrangement: As the name suggests these are tall, narrow arrangements. These are good for presenting long, focal flowers. Use a tall container to put your flowers in, it is only required to be wide enough to use just a small number of surrounding flowers.

Horizontal arrangement: broad and low arrangement, superb for a large table decoration. The width needs to be a minimum of twice the height, horizontal arrangements are classically symmetrical in shape and flower positioning. The container needs to be shallow and wide, the focal flower(s) in the center and line flowers inserted almost horizontally.

Crescent arrangement: the crescent arrangement is a tad bit more difficult compared to many of the others but will look 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. It’s very likely that you will also need some leaves or branches to form the crescent. The container or vase also will need to be wide and fairly shallow to keep the arrangement steady.

Oval arrangement: good for formal setting or at home.. Define the shape of the arrangement initially with two to four line flowers then place you focal blooms in the centre. The oval arrangement is not supposed to be viewed from all angles.

Minimal arrangement: this type of arrangement works by using only a few flowers. At times a solitary stem and flower and just a few filler flowers is the best option. Think carefully about the container or vase because it’s much more important with this particular sort of arrangement than it is with others.

The lazy “S” or “Hogarth’s Curve”: almost certainly the most complex type of arrangement. In essence the Lazy “S” is a minimal arrangement based on the contours of the letter S. Commonly branches or greenery are used to make the S shape to which line flowers are added. The focal flowers fill up the center of the “S” .

Arrangement Color Scheme:

Would you like a warm breathtaking orange/red arrangement or a calm lilac/blue one?

Colours are perhaps the most important factor when choosing your flowers. Being aware of colour theory can be quite helpful here – there are lots of guides on the web.
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.

You may prefer to employ a less academic approach and just select the colours that 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 reprisent happiness. Choose the right colours for the sentiments you are trying to convey.

Choosing The Flowers

With so many types this can feel like a daunting task at first but we can break them down into 3 different types:

Line flowers – Line flowers give your bouquet height, width and shape. As the name suggests they are tall as well as slim commonly with buds along the stem. Good examples of line flowers include delphinium, tuberose, stock, gladiolus and snapdragons. Branches and tall greenery can be used as a substitute for line flowers

Mass flowers – these blooms give the arrangement weight, they are typically round and full faced. Examples of focal flowers include : carnation, freesia, rose, gerbera, sunflower, lily, tulip, chrysanthemum, iris, zinnia, alstroemeria and protea, Usually bought in bunches and are typically located in the middle of the arrangement.

Filler flowers – smaller flowers used to fill the spaces in your arrangement. Popular filler flowers are : heather, ferns, aster, feverfew, Queen Anne’s lace, baby’s breath and eucalyptus. Filler flowers make excellent dried flower arrangements.

There are a few other considerations you might want to bear in mind when choosing the flowers:
Select seasonal flowers – they will be both more cost-effective (thanks to the simple fact that florists will be able to acquire them at a significantly lower price) and probably more in keeping with the time of the year.
Floriography – (flower meanings) as people frequently use flowers as gestures and symbols for communicating with other people there are customary meanings for flowers that needs to be considered whether it is expressing sympathy ot happiness or love etc.

Forget about the rules – you’ll find a multitude of guides and articles written on mixing colours and flowers and with them many rules. In the event the rules suggest they shouldn’t go together but you feel they should, put them together – you are most likely right.

Arranging the Flowers

It is best to place the flowers in to your container in this order : line flowers and then focal flowers and then filler flowers. As you place the flowers seek to allocate each and every flower its own space in the arrangement whilst preserving a balance of colour throughout.

If possible use floral foam in your container, it makes it so much easier to locate and support the flowers. Don’t forget to soak the foam in water and plant food. . Position one flower at a time. Cut the bottom of the stems with a sharp knife. Cut short the size of any stems as necessary. The heaviest flowers should be positioned at the bottom of the arrangement. All the flowers need to face in an outward direction at an acceptable angle.

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