Carefully strip any leaves or foliage from each stem, this helps prevent bacteria in your vase and your flowers will look fresher for longer.
Tips and Ideas for Arranging your Flowers
Be inspired by your vase! Let the vase shape inspire your arrangement.
In our example we use a round medium height vase, this is best suited to round arrangements, but have a go at improvising according to the vase shape.
Cut your stems according the height of your vase, so that your arrangement extends 1/3 or 2/3 the total height of the vase. So if the vase is 25cm (10 inches) then the overall arrangement should be about 75cm (30 inches).
Where to Cut Your Flowers
Be careful to cut away from notches (nodules or nodes) in the stem. For even better results cut them at an angle, this will help them drink more water so you can enjoy them for longer.
Cut and Place into the Vase
Don’t let flowers dry out - make your flowers last longer by cutting each stem as you are about to place it into the vase. Roses are especially prone to sealing soon after they’ve been cut.
Criss-Cross Your Stems
Place the flowers at a slight angle in the vase, using a criss-cross method as you place in more stems, this creates a more professional finish and holds the arrangement in place
Arrange Your Flowers In the Vase Using Layers
For best results, gradually build up your arrangement creating layers of flowers. This technique is perfect for beginners, as it will make arranging them much easier.
1. Greenery first - Anything without a typical flower at its head use these to build as a base first, this will give you a base to build from
2. Then smaller flower heads or more subtle colours - These are your 'filler stems', they will add shape to the arrangement before you add…
3. Colourful/large or most impressive flowers last - These 'focus stems' form the show stopping element to your arrangement, they may be the brightest, largest or simply the most stunning flowers that you have.
Use a Centrepiece Flower
This does not need to be the biggest or brightest flower, but the one which will show off the rest of your arrangement the best.