Spread Out a Little With a Long and Low Arrangement
A long and low arrangement is not an everyday display, but this classic design has its place in a traditional setting or at a formal dinner party. It would also work well on a low coffee table or a boardroom table in an office.
Flowers and Foliage
6 'Dauco Corato' dill, or another flowering dill
7 'Aqua' single roses
1 garden viburnum stem (cut down into small sprays with short stems)
7 pink spray roses
6 lady's mantle (cut down into small sprays with short stems)
6 salal stems
Consider substituting trachelium for dill, freesias for spray roses and peonies for single roses.
block of floral foam and single plastic tray
Prepare the Tray and Foam
Place a soaked block of foam on a single tray and bind the two together with two lengths of florist's tape.
Create the Basic Structure
Set the height, length and width of the arrangement with the first few stems of viburnum. Press a stem in at an angle on each side of the foam and position three stems along the top to create a skeleton shape and spine.
Build up the Basic Shape
Build up the basic shape by adding the salal and more stems of viburnum.
Finish the Foliage
Place the stems of remaining foliage at similar angles to make a green framework of smooth contours that will surround the flowers.
Add the Single Roses
Arrange the large pink single roses. Place the first rose in the middle to gauge the right height, then arrange the rest of the roses alternately on either side of the central spine and around the sides. Cut the stems to about 3-4 inches.
Place the Spray Roses
Place the deeper pink spray roses next, ensuring that you maintain an even visual balance with the larger roses and foliage.
Add Other Flowers
Add the dark dill and astrantia blooms, filling in areas where there are still gaps.
Add the Final Flowers
Add the sprays of lady's mantle last to fill any obvious gaps and balance out the shape and color of the arrangement. Add odd pieces of viburnum and salal if the foam still shows through.
If you mist the flowers every other day and keep the foam wet, this arrangement should last for four or five days.
Shape and Texture
Although both pink in color, these spiky little astrantia and smooth-petalled, velvety roses have been placed together to accentuate their diverse shapes and textures.
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This fun, quirky display will suit a windowsill, hall table or serving table at a children's party. The base can be reused long after the flowers' freshness has faded: simply pull the old blooms out of the floral foam and insert fresh ones.
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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.
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The strong, textural look of these loosely arranged sunflowers give a sense of organic growth, as if they are still growing in a field.
Round Out Your Modern Design in a Fishbowl Vase
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