How to Arrange Tall Flowers


Creating your own flower arrangement is an enjoyable way to add to your home décor without spending gobs of money. Tall flower arrangements are particularly attractive on patios, entryways and as centerpieces on dining tables. Before starting your arrangement, consider where your flowers will be and the best container to highlight their color, texture and shape. Clear glass containers can be filled with colored rocks or marbles to anchor stems and accent color schemes. Tall flower arrangements make a simple, elegant design perfect for any occasion.

Step 1

Purchase two to three dozen flowers in the same shade of color. Look for hydrangeas in various shades of blue or roses ranging from pink to red. This creates a dynamic arrangement with a classic look and feel.

Step 2

Choose the appropriate container. Tall flowers need extra support and do best in heavy-bottomed jars or vases. The longest stem should be one to two times taller than the vase itself and fit snuggly against the rim of the container.

Step 3

Place flowers in the vase before adding water. Wrap your hand around the exposed stems and gently lift the bouquet one to two inches from the bottom of the base.

Step 4

Arrange your flowers in a globe configuration by gently pulling the center flowers up about one inch. Be sure to keep your grip on the upper part of the stems.

Step 5

Continue adjusting the heights of blooms until there are even, circular layers. The base of the blooms should be even with the top of the blooms in the next layer. Make sure flowers are tightly packed together to avoid any empty space.

Step 6

Lift the arrangement completely out of the vase and hold ends over a wastebasket. Use sharp scissors to cut all ends flush with the shortest stem (the stem protruding the most from the vase). Be sure to cut the ends of the stems at a slight slant for longer-lasting blooms.

Step 7

Secure bouquet with an elastic hair band two to three inches below the blooms and again at the water line. Wrap it tightly to keep your arrangement intact.

Step 8

Place arrangement in the vase and add water until it reaches one inch above the shortest stem. Continue to refresh the water every day and snip the ends of the stems for longevity.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure to place your tall flowers in an area with low foot traffic to prevent accidents.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy container
  • 2 to 3 dozen flowers
  • Scissors
  • Elastic band
  • Water


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About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.