The art of ar­range­ment

Put your petal to the metal for the best & bright­est bou­quets to suit ev­ery oc­ca­sion.

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12 tips to cre­ate bet­ter bou­quets

Anum­ber of es­sen­tial de­sign prin­ci­ples is at the heart of ev­ery beau­ti­ful bou­quet. It pays to pay close at­ten­tion to these core el­e­ments.

Fo­cal point

This is the main fea­ture in the de­sign. The idea is to let the sup­port­ing flow­ers and green­ery draw your eye to it. Fo­cal points can be high­lighted in var­i­ous ways, in­clud­ing where the flower is placed, as well as colour, tex­ture, size or form con­trasts.

Phys­i­cal & vis­ual bal­ance

Phys­i­cal bal­ance means ex­actly that – the ac­tual dis­tri­bu­tion of the flo­ral ma­te­ri­als in the con­tainer (weight). To keep a phys­i­cal bal­ance, you may need to add a coun­ter­weight (other flow­ers or greens) to the op­po­site side.

Vis­ual bal­ance refers to a pleas­ing de­sign bal­ance, such as sym­me­try (bal­anced equally on both sides, which is more tra­di­tional and for­mal) or asym­me­try (ma­te­ri­als on ei­ther side are un­equal, which is a style that is gen­er­ally re­garded as more mod­ern and in­for­mal).

Pro­por­tion & scale

Pro­por­tion and scale are about re­la­tion­ships, and the con­cepts vary only slightly from one another.

Pro­por­tion is about the size re­la­tion­ship be­tween the ma­te­ri­als you de­signed with (flow­ers, con­tainer, green­ery and so on). Scale, on the other hand, is about how the com­pleted ar­range­ment re­lates in size to its sur­round­ings (such as the ta­ble).


Har­mony is about the colours and tex­tures, and how well they are work­ing to­gether to cre­ate eye candy in the ar­range­ment. This also ex­tends to the con­tainer choice and how well the piece rep­re­sents its sur­round­ings.


Rhythm within an ar­range­ment is cre­ated by care­ful place­ment of plant ma­te­ri­als, tex­tures, forms, lines and so on.

The idea is to cre­ate a flow for the eye to move around the en­tire ar­range­ment, usu­ally start­ing at the fo­cal point, mov­ing around the rest of the piece, and then com­ing back to rest on the fo­cal point.

Au­tumn flo­ral dec­o­ra­tion us­ing for­aged berries and fo­liage, in­clud­ing crabap­ples, hawthorn, black­ber­ries and sloes.

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