Arrange Flowers Like a Pro

Flowers possess the remarkable ability to brighten any space, but the magic truly happens when they are paired with the perfect vase and designer. Mastering the art of vase selection and flower design can elevate your floral arrangements to new heights.

Guide to Flower Arranging

Vase Height

When selecting a vase, think about the size and shape of the flowers you intend to display. Taller blooms, such as snapdragons or gladiolus, for example, fare well in taller vases that provide ample support and showcase their striking lines.

Vase Width

Pay attention to the neck width of the vase. A wide-necked vase allows for more lush, sprawling arrangements (if you have enough flowers to fill it). Conversely, a narrow neck offers structure and stability, making it ideal for minimalist compositions or single-stem displays.

Start with a Foundation

It’s often useful to create a foundation of greenery and filler flowers to establish the shape and structure of your arrangement, which you can build upon with your focal and line flowers. This greenery also helps to cover the rim of your vase.

Embrace Imperfection

Don’t be afraid to let your arrangement take on a natural, organic form. Allow some stems to cascade over the edge of the vase, while others reach toward the sky. This contrast provides movement and interesting lines within the design.

Play with Texture

Experiment with a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures to create visual interest. Incorporate elements like branches, berries, or foliage from your garden to add depth and dimension to your compositions.

Keep it Tidy

Remember to trim stems at an angle, remove excess foliage, pull out any wilted stems, and change the water regularly. These simple gestures can make a world of difference in maintaining the freshness and vitality of your arrangements.

By carefully selecting and arranging your vases, you can transform any bouquet into a breathtaking masterpiece. So go ahead, unleash your creativity, and let your floral arrangements transform your living space into a haven of beauty and inspiration!

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Lauren Ketcham, owner of Down the Road Farm in New Lexington, Ohio, holding a colorful spray of Ranunculus flowers

By Lauren Ketcham

Lauren Ketcham has been growing specialty cut flowers at Down the Road Farm in New Lexington since 2013. You can find her and her sustainably grown flowers each week at the Lancaster Farmers Market. Visit Down The Road Farm to shop for 2024 Flower Bouquet Subscriptions or to learn more about having local flowers at your wedding or special event.