While roses, tulips, carnations and lilies are some of the most popular flowers for fresh floral arrangements, any flower arrangement will be more beautiful if you add stephanotis. Stephanotis blossoms are small, white and star-shaped; the foliage is a dark green. Many consider stephanotis a complementary flower in an arrangement because the small blossoms enhance any focal flower beautifully. Whether you grow your own stephanotis in a flower garden or you purchase it from a florist, stephanotis also adds a rich and heady floral scent to any arrangement.
Add floral wire to the stephanotis stems to add strength to the fragile stems. Cut floral wire stems in varied lengths between 8 and 12 inches. Place a length of floral wire against the natural stem of the stephanotis and wrap the floral tape tightly around the natural stem and the floral wire. Begin wrapping the floral tape just under the blossom and continue wrapping as tightly as possible down as far as the natural stem extends. Cut the floral tape off when you reach the end of the natural stem and press the end of the floral tape firmly against the wrapped tape to adhere it.
Fill the vase with water and add floral additive to the water.
Insert the ferns around the outer perimeter of the floral arrangement and build the entire arrangement using the ferns as the foundation for the arrangement.
Begin constructing the floral arrangement by starting with the focal flowers. Place the roses, tulips or lilies into the vase with the tallest flowers in the center and shorter flowers surrounding the tall center flowers. Use an odd number of focal flowers for the most visually pleasing arrangement.
Add the complementary flowers next, placing them in and around the focal flowers. Do not detract from the focal flowers by adding too many complementary flowers.
Insert the stephanotis stems into the arrangement, adding them in and around all of the flowers in the arrangement. Due to the small size and light color of the stephanotis, it is difficult to add too many. Fill the arrangement up with as many as you desire.
Fill in the remaining bare spots of the arrangement with baby's breath.