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Arrange Flowers like a Pro

Live flowers add life and color to any space, but purchasing them every week can become costly. Learning how to arrange single stems or utilizing what may be blooming in your back yard is a great way to still add vibrant beauty to your space while also saving money. But arranging flowers can be tricky, especially if you’re not a professional florist. This article will teach you how to arrange flowers like a pro, even if you’re a beginner.

Step 1: Choose the right flowers

One of the key factors in creating stunning floral arrangements is to choose the right flowers for the job. Consider the season it is, the size of your vase, and any color scheme you have in mind. Also, consider the occasion. What is the flower arrangement for? A birthday, a wedding, or a funeral? The occasion will help you choose the right flowers and colors.

Think about the season. What flowers are in season? Using flowers that are in season will help your arrangement look fresh and vibrant and keeps costs down.

Choose flowers that complement each other. When choosing flowers, think about the color, shape, and size of each flower. You want to choose flowers that will work well together and create a cohesive look. For example, gerbera daisies can pair beautifully with smaller roses. Or create a stunning arrangement combining hydrangeas, roses, and calla lilies. 

Add greenery. Greenery can add depth and interest to your flower arrangement. Try adding different types of greenery, such as ferns, eucalyptus, or cut branches from trees in your yard.


One of the critical steps that every florist knows is to condition the flowers and greenery before making the arrangement. To condition flowers, simply cut the stems at an angle and place them in a bucket of water. Often you will read about placing salt and sugar in the water or using a soft drink diluted. Honestly, none of those work. Simple water will suffice, or you can purchase and use a florist’s preservative

Step 3: Create a base

When you start to create your arrangement, start from the bottom up. Create a lovely cushion of green to support the beautiful flower stems. Make sure you have selected a vase that will actually hold all of the flowers and greenery without crowding them too tightly. Many different vessels make excellent vases, so think outside of the box. Regardless of the item you use as a vase, make sure that you have stripped all of the leaves from the bottom of the stems that will go into the water (do the same with the flowers). Leaving leaves on the base of the stems promotes bacteria growth in the water and hastens the deterioration of the arrangement, not to mention it smells unpleasant. 


When adding the flowers, it is important to always start with the largest flowers and work your way down to the smallest flowers. To create a more interesting arrangement, add flowers in a variety of heights and sizes to create interest. Stand back every few minutes or so and see if there are any gaps that need to be filled with greenery or additional flowers. 

Step 5: Place your arrangement

Select a place for your arrangement that is not in direct sunlight, as this will speed deterioration. Instead, select a place that receives little direct light or, at most, filtered light. Keep in mind the height of your design and the color of the vase, and place it where you and your family can see it often to enjoy it. 

Creating your own elegant floral arrangements is easily achievable if you keep these few tips in mind. You may just be surprised at how good you are at it and continue to purchase single stems of interesting flowers to use in new and interesting ways. 

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