Floral arrangements are works of art, crafted by florists from their imaginations and their eye for design and color. In Australia there are flower design schools for arranging flowers, there are also classes that teach the basics, including those that cover the types of styles and designs that make up most of the bouquets and arrangements you can buy at a flower shop.
Basic Floral Designs for Arrangements
Types of Floral Arrangements
Horizontal arrangement - Flowers in this arrangement are usually placed in a shallow container and are centered around the focal flower in the center of the arrangement. In most horizontal arrangements, the focal flower is usually a rose. Drooping flower branches are then added to each side of the focal flower. Since this type of arrangement is low, it is mostly used for table centerpieces.
Vertical arrangement - This arrangement is very tall, made by using very tall stems of flowers and leaves in this arrangement. Tulips, roses and carnations are typically used in this sort of arrangement, with shorter filler flowers like forget-me-nots arranged around them to make the design balanced.
Triangular arrangement - Taller flower stems are placed at the center of this arrangement with shorter stems being used on all sides of the center stems to keep its triangular shape. Triangular arrangements are most commonly used for wedding ceremonies.
Oval arrangements - This arrangement uses the brightest and tallest flowers at the center of the design. The size and color of the flowers at are used are allowed to reduce gradually by degrees towards the sides. This arrangement has a formal structure, so they are most often used for formal occasions.
The Lazy 'S' arrangement - Also called Hogarth's curve, it is the most complex arrangement made. It requires skill and experience in order to make arrangements in the Lazy 'S' pattern. The flowers are arranged to form a 'S' shape in this design.
Minimal arrangement - As its name implies, this arrangement uses few flowers and emphasis the focal flower. It is one of the most popular arrangements made for indoor use.
Popular Arrangement Styles
Floral Baskets - These are floral arrangements done in wicker baskets of various depths and the flowers should be chosen on basis of the depth of the basket being used. They are popular gifts for occasions like Christmas, Mother's Day or for businesses to give to their clients. They may contain fruits or chocolates along with the flowers.
Floral Wreaths - This floral arrangement is made in the form of circular garland with flowers and foliage interwoven together. Wreaths traditionally indicate celebration or honor and are popular for funerals to honor the deceased. They are also used as welcome wreaths on doors for the holiday season, especially at Christmas time.
We've all had occasions to order flowers for a friend or a family member to send condolences or tell them we miss them, especially if we can't make it home for a holiday. Now that you are know the basics of floral arrangements and designs, you will be able to look at your choices more knowledgeably when you shop and pick out exactly which type of arrangement you want to send.