How to Arrange Flowers in a Container


Flower arrangements don't have to be complicated. Some of the most beautiful look like they're freshly picked from a country garden and placed in a handy container. Others are simple--a few stunning flowers in a beautiful crystal vase. Hallways and living rooms are lovely when a bouquet is placed on a table.

Step 1

Select flowers of various shapes and heights. Spiked flowers include snapdragons, gladiolus, larkspur and delphiniums. Flowers that are full and round include roses, gerbera daisies, carnations and chrysanthemums. Filler flowers are mini carnations and baby's breath.

Step 2

Remove any leaves that would be under water and snip off 1/2 inch of the stem. Immediately put the cut stems in water and let them soak up water for at least an hour.

Step 3

Select a container or vase one-third to half as tall as the arrangement will be. If the tallest flowers are 24 inches tall, the container should be 8 to 12 inches tall. Fill the container halfway with water.

Step 4

Arrange the greenery in the vase with large-leaved greens at the back of the vase.

Step 5

Arrange the spiked flowers first, with the tallest stem in the center toward the back of the arrangement. Place a slightly shorter spiked flower on each side of the tallest stem and an even shorter stemmed spike toward the front.

Step 6

Place the full flowers in the vase using the same method, tallest flower in the center and so forth. Fill in with the filler flowers.

Step 7

View the arrangement from the sides and front and make any adjustments to maintain the overall shape. Top off the vase with water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Tall arrangements can be top heavy. Fill the vase with an inch or so of glass marbles to weigh it down.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Greenery
  • Shears
  • Container or vase


  • "Creative Floral Arranging: How to Decorate with Fresh, Dried & Silk Flowers;"The Editors of Creative Publishing; 1998
  • "Jane Packer's Guide to Flower Arranging: Easy Techniques for Fabulous Flower Arranging;"Jane Packer, Paul Massey, and Jo Barnes; 2008

Who Can Help

  • Flower arranging
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About this Author

Dee Power holds an MBA. She is the co-author of "Attracting Capital from Angels," "Inside Secrets to Venture Capital," "The Making of a Bestseller," the novel "Over Time," and several screenplays. She contributes to several Web sites and is a regular columnist for