The art of flower arranging

Flower arranging (or floristry) is the art of using plants and various materials to create a beautiful display, an activity that can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt. If you ever choose to have a go, arm yourself with these top trade secrets!

  1. Cold as ice!

Did you know that florists often store their flowers in fridges? Flowers don’t always last long once cut, but the cold temperatures slow their metabolisms, keeping them fresher for longer.

  1. Seven wonders

The art of flower arranging is not just based upon colour and symmetry! There are 7 principles that you must consider; proportion, harmony, scale, balance, rhythm, unity and emphasis. Complicated, right?

  1. The shape of you

There are also a number of different types of flower arrangements to consider, categorised by shapes. We’ve listed a few below.

  • Vertical – one of the most popular types of display, these are often given as gifts and work best for longer stemmed flowers such as roses, dahlias or sunflowers.
  • ‘S’ shaped – typically a large display and used to symbolise a happy event, its name is true to its shape. These are sure to become a dramatic focal point, especially with bright colours.
  • Oval – typically used for room or hallway decoration, the flowers and greenery look dense and symmetrical.
  • Cascade – a gorgeous arrangement that is becoming more popular with weddings. Trailing flowers within the bouquet make a stunning addition to any wedding outfit, or bring a more wild, rustic feel to your decor.
  1. Build me up, buttercup

It’s easy to forget this crucial element, but it does make all the difference. Trim one or two inches off the bottom of the stem and cut at an angle. This improves water intake as the stem will have a bigger surface area for absorption, plus it won’t be sitting on the bottom of the vase.

  1. Daisy, daisy…

Floristry can be expensive depending on which flowers you choose. If you’re just starting out, we’d recommend trying with some inexpensive florals to begin with such as baby’s breath (gypsophila), peonies, daisies or carnations.