Your local library or garden center should have lots of books about flower arranging. They will help you put together a great arrangement. These are the 6 basic flower arrangement shapes that are the easiest to start with:
RIGHT ANGLE SHAPE
S CURVE SHAPE
Each of these arrangements is a combination of good proportion and balance.
All good flower arrangements have pleasing proportions which means it looks comfortable within the size, shape and style of container. If you are showing a single perfect bloom in a bud vase then you can disregard all but the first rule. These are the basic rules for good flower arranging:
- Low arrangements should be a little wider than their container.
- Tall arrangements should be 1½ to 2 times taller than their container.
- If your arrangement has a theme choose or make a container big enough to hold your arrangement.
- Put enough oasis in the base to fill it up level with the top of the container. Cut off any that goes above the lip of the container.
- Imagine an invisible outline of the shape you want to create and chose which side will be the front of your arrangement.
- Choose your tallest and widest flowers and arrange them in your container first within the outline of your chosen shape.
- Fill in around the base and lower part of the arrangement with more large blooms.
- Working up and outward user smaller blooms or filler to fill in the arrangement.
- Use the smallest blooms, foliage and filler to hide stems, oasis and the edge of container.
There are 2 kinds of balance; asymmetrical where the 2 sides don’t match but appear to have equal weight or strength to our eyes and symmetrical where the 2 sides are nearly identical.
ASYMMETRICAL & SYMMETRICAL
If your arrangement looks like it’s about to tip over then, visually, it isn’t properly balanced. Good balance can be achieved following a few simple rules:
- The bottom half of the arrangement should be BIG enough to support the weight of the top.
- The left side should have the same amount of interest as the right side.
- Leave a little more sp a ce around anything you want to stand out.
- Keep it simple. Don’t overdesign your arrangement: too many types of flowers will look messy.
- Remember how well-balanced plants look in the garden all by themselves? They could be an inspiration for your arrangements.
- Flower arranging and Art books have lots of information about balance, proportion and scale. They can give you lots of great ideas, too.