The art of flower arranging doesn't have to be reserved only for professional florists. If your garden is overflowing with seasonal blooms, take the beauty of your garden inside by trying your hand at a fresh arrangement. There are far more arrangements than just a round bundle in a vase. Floral arrangements can be short or tall, round or angular and simple or fancy.
Horizontal arrangements are wider than they are tall and utilize shallow containers. Use flowers that hold their lines, such as lavender, to construct the horizontal structure first. Greenery can create the line as well. Use a floral foam block in the container to keep the structure secure. Add the rest of the flowers, making sure to not work too vertically, after you've made the initial horizontal line.
Vertical arrangements utilize taller, thinner containers. The arrangements give the impression of a vertical line at first glance. Some of the same plants that you would use in a horizontal arrangement, such as lavender, are suitable for a vertical arrangement, as these selections hold their shape and the line of the arrangement. Flowers such as tulips and roses work as well, due to their strong, long stems.
Crescent arrangements recall the shape of a thin waxing or waning crescent. Select stems that follow the appropriate curve, or wire stubborn stems into place. A shallow container filled with florist foam works best to create this arrangement.
Triangular arrangements are mostly symmetrical pieces with a base consisting of two stems extending out horizontally from the container and a stem stretching vertically. The base of the arrangement can be thought of like a combination of the horizontal and vertical arrangements. Place other flowers and greenery to fill in the space between to give dimensionality to the arrangement.
An oval arrangement is one of the easier forms to create and is generally the form people think of when they think of flower arrangements. It consists of a dome-like, circular form of flowers in a container that is neither considered shallow nor thin. Florist foam can aid in giving the arrangement a rigid structure, but it is not necessary to create the form, especially if the stems are tight in the container.
Hogarth's Curve Arrangement
The Hogarth's Curve is basically a gentle S created with stems that are either naturally curved or are wired into place, as with the crescent arrangement. Filler flowers and greenery are generally placed at the central point of the S, which is at the container's level. Done right, the Hogarth's Curve arrangement can look either very graceful or naturalistic, depending on your flower selections.