Introduction to Floral Arrangements (Part 2)

For this series, we will look at the basic elements of creating floral arrangements. We'll also dive into the details of designing and putting together flower arrangements. In Part 1, we talked about the know-hows in processing, storing, and maintaining flowers. That way, we keep blooms fresh before presenting them to our customers.

 

For this second part, we go into the common flowers, greens, and plants used for decor.  We tackle creative ways to put them together. Using this, we can create beautiful arrangements with a personal touch for each order. For more info on the use of color and design in floristry, see our next article! We'll connect the different concepts we learned. 

 

We'll put them all together to create a practical guide for every florist. So keep reading to learn everything about floristry that you need to know! Interested in programs about the guidelines of designing floral arrangements? We recommend schools like the American Institute of Floral Designers (www.aifd.org). We also encourage you to check out the Society of American Florists (www.safnow.org).

 

Creating and Designing Flower Arrangements.

Romantic dates, lively parties, and even our homes aren't complete without delightful blooms. A bouquet of fresh flowers adds the ideal touch of nature's elegance and beauty. We've gathered info about creating floral arrangements from florists all across the country. Here, we share top tips you need to know!

 

Flowers, Greens, and Plants.

Every arrangement is unique! But no matter the style and size of your bouquet, there are essential steps each florist should practice:.

 

Pick and prep all your flowers.

In Part 1, we talked about how to keep your flowers fresh and clean. This is vital to sustaining high-quality blooms and floral arrangements.

Now start with picking the flowers you want to use. Give them fresh cuts at a 45 ° angle. This way, you can clear away excess leaves to stop bacteria growth. Keep in mind what blooms are in season. Spruce up your design by mixing and matching these blooms!

 

Choose your vase and foliage for the base.

Keep your bouquet flowing by placing green foliage at the base. Put them in various directions for a natural look. This will help complement the flowers of your choosing!

 

Add smaller or accent flowers.

Begin your design by filling accent flowers into your bouquet in clusters of three. Make sure to turn your vase as you work. This will help you create a pleasing and eye-catching look.

 

Insert large blooms in the gaps.

Some florists place in their main flowers before anything else. This is because they want a reference point for the accents and the greens. But we found that saving them for last is more effective. We recommend you insert bigger blooms in the spaces in your arrangement. This brings more life to your design!

 

Popular Flowers and Plants You Should Know.

 

Even newbies to floral design have chanced upon many famous flowers! Roses are, by far, the most celebrated flowers. Their simple, elegant form looks perfect when arranged in long-stemmed bunches. Even single stems make delightful gifts!

Coming in next are the carnations, daisies, lilies, and orchids. It's amazing how popular they are among clients of all ages and backgrounds. Now let's discuss foliages. Florists often use anthurium, philodendron, and olive branches. They're long-lasting and easy to take care of. That's why they're perfect for many arrangements!

For accent flowers, florists love baby's breath and chrysanthemums. These tender blooms add a stylish wildflower note into the mix. As florists, we have our favorites. But above all else, our top priority is ensuring clients get the perfect arrangement they want! This relies on their taste and the occasion they wish to use it for. Our job is to guarantee they get the most stunning, flawless bouquets!

 

Check out Introduction to Floral Arrangements (Part 3).