Ever bought a gorgeous bouquet of flowers only to get them home, unwrap them from their lovely brown paper, plonk them in a vase, take a step back and wonder where it all went wrong? Well thankfully, the days of shoving your shop bought flowers in a vase and hoping for the best are over, because we've got some top tips to help you arrange your flower bouquets like a pro...
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Flower arrangement techniques
Before you get carried away arranging your beautiful blooms, with the help of Bloom & Wild's lead florist Caroline Grimble, there are a few tips you should take on board first...
- Using roses? Take off their guard petals. These are the brownish petals that florists often leave on to protect the fresh, inner petals. Just gently pinch them away from the base to easily remove them.
- Trim stems at an angle. If the ends of your stems are dry then won't be able to get as much water, so just give them a quick trim before you start arranging them.
- Prune away some leaves. Remove any leaves that are going to be below the water line of your arrangement or they will just deteriorate in the water and turn it murky. Okay, now you are ready to start learning how to arrange flowers...
Step one: Trim your stems to different heights
To create the perfect bouquet, you will need to cut your stems into four varying heights. Trim at least 3cm to 5cm off for the tallest, then use your vase’s height to guide the smallest (flower heads should sit on the rim). Remember to pick a mixture of different flowers for each tier.
Step two: Keep your vase still
As you start arranging your flowers, pick a side of your vase to work from and then don’t spin it as you add the flowers. You can easily make your bouquet look full by styling it from one side, it’s called a front facing bouquet.
Step three: arrange the supporting stems
Crisscross your supporting stems into the vase, creating a tipi-like structure (see below). Just remember to pop the taller stems at the back of the vase.
Step four: add the rest your flowers
Start adding your flowers, one variety at a time. Or, if you’re feeling extra creative, try to create triangle shapes with three of the same flower to evenly spread out the colours and textures.