Ingredients for a Basic Floral Arrangement
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To create a basic arrangement for your vase at home or to wrap up as a gift, a simple way of thinking about what to include is to
view the flowers as different ingredients within the recipe of your arrangement.
This allows you to consider what flowers will bring out the best balance, flow and aesthetic when mixed together, to create an overall visual feast!
The ‘age-old’ trusted flower ingredients we will go over today are: Line Flowers, Focal or Face Flowers and Filler Flowers.
These flowers can be supported by foliage such as magnolia and camellia for example, which add volume, structure and space within the placements of the floral ingredients mentioned above.
Line flowers are tall, linear flowers that add height, width and often balance to an arrangement.
Line flowers often grow as single stems and the buds of line flowers grow up the centre stalk.
Examples of line flowers are Stock, Snapdragon, Delphinium, Gladiolus, Tuberose and Veronica. An alternative to using line flowers in an arrangement is using branches such as willow, which can serve the same visual intent.
Different types of line flowers can bring a different energy and flow to the arrangement.
Static line flowers such as stock are quite rigid and upright in form and do not have much natural movement.
Flowers such as snapdragon can grow in a way where they have a bit of natural movement or curve up the stem.
This creates a dynamic line that draws the eye to move.
Focal or face flowers are often single stem flowers with a large face or round top. Focal flowers are often the main interest within an arrangement.
Examples of focal flowers are Roses, Hydrangea, Disbud Chrysanthemum, Protea, Lilies, Gerbera, and Sunflowers.
Focal flowers such as Roses or Lilies can be grouped together and easily sold by themselves in a bunch.
These flowers often bring mass to an arrangement as they fill the bunch creating positive space and volume.
Filler flowers usually consist of stems with multiple small flower heads that add an extra touch to the arrangement. Within a basic symmetrical bunch, filler flowers often connect the other placements together- creating flow, balance and space between the main focal placements, line placements and foliage. Filler flowers often provide textural elements to the bunch and make the bunch appear visually full. Some Examples of filler flowers are Flowering wax, Babies Breath, Statice and Thryp.