Many different ways exist to arrange flowers. These vary widely depending on the occasion and on the person doing the arranging. Some home gardeners are happy with a simple display, while others prefer a more formal design. Most flower arrangements are categorized by shape, but some are also defined by the particular combination of flowers used in the bouquet.
Many flower arrangements are simply defined by their shape. Round or oval arrangements are those where the flowers form that shape when viewed from above. Round, symmetrical blooms are often used for these arrangements, such as carnations. Triangular arrangements are built for height so they are easily viewable, with the tallest stems placed in the back, and shorter stems in the front. These are used primarily at weddings and funerals, or other events when the arrangements will be on formal display.
Ikebana arrangements focus on line and form, rather than the flowers themselves. This type of flower arrangement hails from Japan, and is distinctive for its use of empty space and asymmetrical form. Twigs, seed pods, foliage and planting medium or water is often an integral part of the arrangement. The goal is to achieve a harmonious, spiritual and calm union of the arrangement's components that is reflective of the beauty found in nature.
Monochromatic arrangements feature different flowers all colored with similar hues. For example, an arrangement such as this may contain pink roses and lavender daisies. Greenery adds a touch of relief from the continuity of the color palate. Such arrangements are often used to complement the colors of a room in a home, or the colors chosen for a wedding. These arrangements are similar to arrangements that feature just one type of flower, such as an arrangement of only multi-colored daisies with no other flowers added.
Minimal and Garden
Minimal arrangements are simple and unfussy. Sometimes they contain just one or two flower stems, and perhaps an interesting piece of foliage. Other times they are created to look natural, like a bunch of wildflowers plucked from the side of the road. The latter are also sometimes called "garden" arrangements.