Cre­ative ideas for sim­ple, mod­ern de­signs for your home, wed­ding and other cel­e­bra­tions.

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Cre­ate bou­quets, bou­ton­nieres, vase ar­range­ments and ta­ble cen­tre­pieces.


Shapes are key when se­lect­ing flow­ers for ar­range­ments. When cre­at­ing large bou­quets, for ex­am­ple, a mass of flow­ers and fo­liage in dif­fer­ent shapes and tex­tures is ideal. Tiny posies, on the other hand, can in­cor­po­rate more del­i­cate flow­er­heads. Look to the eight ba­sic shapes: flat-topped, great for hand-tied bou­quets as they form a neat dome-like Queen Anne's lace-type ar­range­ment; dome pro­vides sub­stance, good for large ar­range­ments – hy­drangeas; spire, stalk­less flow­ers, domed shapes bal­anced by spires – veron­ica, stock, laven­der; spear, clus­ters of small flow­ers on short stalks on stems – del­phinium, glad­i­oli; spray, branch­ing stems, good for mixed ar­range­ments – spray roses, as­tran­tia, gyp­sophila, eryn­gium; globe, round, works well in min­i­mal­ist de­signs – al­lium, protea; rosette, good for large and small de­signs – rose, dahlia, paeony, ra­nun­cu­lus; reg­u­lar, same, cir­cu­lar shape, all de­signs – ger­bera, sun­flower, daisies.

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