Shape Up Your Arrangement by Choosing the Right One
Who knew that eight basic flower shapes could hold a world of difference? Use shape to achieve your design goal, whether the simple or dramatic result of using one shape en masse, or creating a particular effect in mixed arrangements.
Hydrangea and cockscomb flowers are dominant blooms in these designs. Their strong domes dictate the shape of the display.
Including hydrangea with roses and peonies adds weight and drama to this design, and echoes the shapes of the full-blown peonies(image 1).
Dense-headed, textural red and green cockscomb create interest and impact when arranged as a seasonal hand-tied bouquet and placed in a vase (image 2).
Dome-shaped flowers often work well on their own in a display, as this curved fishbowl of domed hydrangea flower heads with short stems shows (image 3).
Flowers such as trachelium and dill can be used in both tall displays and in low floral foam arrangements to define shape and add texture.
Winter Wedding Table Centerpiece
These frosty trachelium are a perfect contrast to the other flowers: their abundance of small, dainty flower heads break up the intense clusters of freesia and rose petals (image 1).
Summer Long and Low
The dark dill flowers in this design create a smooth contour and help to define its shape. They also add depth of color to what could be an all-too-pink display (image 2).
Vegetable and Fruit Bouquet
Using purple trachelium in this quirky, hand-tied bouquet helps to inject color and texture in what is otherwise a dense, all-green design (image 3).
Flowers that have a regular shape work well in many designs, and add symmetry to minimalist arrangements.
Gerbera in Lines
This display is a perfect example of how to use regular flowers in a modern, architectural design to create uniformity and order (image 1).
Using these daffodils to create a topiary tree in effect creates another regular shape: the gathered blooms look like one large flower (image 2).
Although this arrangement uses different varieties of sunflowers — all of which are a regular shape — it still has impact because of the contrasting colors (image 3).
These tall, spear-shaped flowers add drama and often height to traditional and contemporary designs alike.
Delphiniums and Hydrangeas in Blue
The tall delphiniums in this modern vase display add height and drama to the short-stemmed hydrangeas (image 1).
Lilac Garden Pitcher
This is an example of how to use a shorter spear flower, such as garden lilac, to add texture and interest to this simple vase design (image 2).
An arrangement such as this uses just one variety of spear-shaped flower to make a strong statement in a tall column vase (image 3).
Proteas, alliums and tulips are all flowers that retain their inherent round shape well in an arrangement once their petals have opened.
Gelatin Mold Mix
The tulips in this mixed arrangement show off their globe shape beautifully against the other small, spire-shaped flowers (image 1).
Tulips in a Bowl
A fishbowl display is a lovely way to enjoy these glamorous French parrot tulips. Their round heads contrast well with the long, razor-sharp grasses (image 2).
Globe-shaped varieties of the exotic protea flower look spectacular in a compact hand-tied bouquet, as they echo the rounded shape of the arrangement (image 3).
The great thing about spray flowers is that they are versatile; they work well in many designs, including hand-tied bouquets and floral foam.
Country Summer Wedding Table Centerpiece
In this floral foam design the spray roses are ideal as a filler and add interest to the arrangement (image 1).
Winter Bridal Bouquet
The white spray roses in this bouquet blend well with a mass of white freesias to provide a backdrop for the large single roses that are the main feature (image 2).
In this modern design, spray rose stems are cut short to echo the shape created by tall calla lilies, and provide an intense burst of color at the heart of the design (image 3).
Spire flowers are often quite delicate, but their pointed flower heads add height and interest to mixed flower arrangements.
The small purple spires of veronica in this front-facing display soften its edges and balance out the large, round, eye-catching hydrangeas and roses (image 1).
Stocks are used here for their scent and shape, which breaks up and adds height to a long and low design. This helps to give it a more relaxed, informal look (image 2).
This hand-tied bunch includes deep pink loosestrife, which have been deliberately left long to make the bunch more informal and less rounded (image 3).
These flowers, with petals that open in a rosette, circular shape, make great feature blooms. Some varieties, such as carnations, work well en masse.
These orange ranunculas, set among other spring flowers, contrast beautifully with the grape hyacinths. They are grouped in threes for a stronger look (image 1).
Roses are a typical rosette flower, and here they hold their own — even when mixed with large, brightly colored flowers such as these anthuriums (image 2).
A large quantity of carnation flower heads pressed into a floral foam ball together create a dense geometric shape that echoes the shape of a single carnation (image 3).
How to Create a Front-Facing Vase Arrangement
These step-by-step instructions show you how to arrange a vase of flowers in a simple but effective front-facing design.
HGTV says Contain Yourself: Getting to Know Containers for Flower Arranging
A good floral design involves more than just the flowers and foliage. Choosing the right container is crucial to making the right arrangement for the right occasion and space.
Make a High-Impact All-Around Arrangement
Many bold, dynamic flower varieties that provide interest, texture, color and depth are now available all year round. Vibrant lilies, roses and orchids are made all the more exciting when they are arranged in a shocking pink vase.
Out of the Ordinary Orchids
This delicate, mesmerizing design, in which wired orchids appear to flutter like butterfly wings, is an ideal way to display flower heads that are just past their prime.
Calla Lilies: A Tall, Thin Drink of Water
This pared-down display of flowers and foliage will bring a modern look to a hallway, lobby or corner of a room. Consider positioning several of these arrangements in a line, whether of the same or various sizes.
Warm up Winter with a Mixed Flower Arrangement
Exotic cymbidium orchids warm up cool winter berries and skimmia in this crisp white and green vase arrangement, which looks stunning in a hallway or master bedroom, or on a dining room table or low coffee table.
Shower Your Home with a Euphorbia Fountain Arrangement
A bounty of small fruits line this arrangement of vivid orange euphorbia to create an unusual and interesting balance of form and color.
Choosing the Right Colors for Your Arrangements
Color impacts emotion by communicating a mood and creating atmosphere, from subtle and harmonious to striking and intense. Pick the right flowers and foliage for your arrangement by getting to know the basic principles of color theory.
Fruit and Flower Cubes Make It Hip to Be Square
Read on to learn the secret to making this unusual, graphic arrangement. Cockscomb flowers and limes are a bold, vibrant combination. Consider using sunflowers and lemons for a more unified theme.
A Vision in White: The Monochromatic Checkerboard
An elegant, interesting take on monochromatic design, single-variety bunches of creamy white blooms highlight subtle differences in blooms' shapes and accent colors. Place this beauty on a low coffee table so it can be seen from above.
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