So you’re going to bring your grocery store or florist bought flowers home, now what! I have seen many people just plunk them in a vase of water and that’s it. Sometimes that works but here are some simple tips to make you look like you’re a pro at it.
1) In a clean vase, take your greens first, snip the ends off to the size you want and then start crisscrossing the stems into the vase so that you have stems all around inside the vase. There are two reasons for this. One is because you now have a base for the flower arrangement and two; a crisscross of stems makes it easier for flower placement.
2) If you are making a small, low arrangement, slide in the flowers in a crisscross so that the stems are all around the inside of the vase. You should now have a vase with a ring of flowers on the outside and nothing but stems showing in the middle. (The more stems you have in the vase, the easier it will be to have flowers stay put!) The rows of flowers are going to be higher each time you get them in until you have a nice rounded arrangement.
3) If you are making a tall arrangement, then use a tall slim vase. Your flowers will hold up better, and they will look well proportioned. Great flowers to use are gladiolas, blue delphinium, lilies, snapdragons, etc. Sometimes you can get tall tulips and that looks fantastic too.
4) A design mistake I have often seen is placing the flowers in a vase perfectly even. The reason this does not work is that it looks unnatural. Have a look at any garden, and you will see some blooms are sticking out, some are tucked in; some are almost hidden but still contribute to the overall look. Mimic nature and you won’t go wrong! Don’t be afraid to tuck some of those flowers in a bit.
5) A good rule of thumb is to use odd numbers of flowers. What I mean by that is to use 3 roses together or 5. Even numbers are not as effective. If you use 5 roses, for example, Place 3 together (touching but at slightly different lengths) near the bottom center of the vase and then two higher up.
6) The next best advice I can give you if you are really new at floral design, is to collect pictures of floral arrangements you like, and with the tips, I’ve stated above, practice while looking at the pictures. Before long, you’ll be looking like a pro!