Gardenias are wonderful blooms with which to create floating flower arrangements, because they are both fragrant and ideally shaped for floating, with rather flat bottoms and lovely, many-petaled tops. Float gardenia flowers in a water-filled, vintage milk glass dish; the white milk glass will complement the creamy hue and soft texture of the gardenias.
Float rose petals for a romantic, lush effect. Choose a cut crystal bowl to use as a container for water; its classic, extravagant appearance works well with rose petals. Cover the surface of the water with rose petals in just one color--such as red--or in several colors in the same family--such as red, pink, and rose--for a sophisticated look.
Gerbera daisies have a cheerful, casual look, and they come in a broad assortment of colors. Small metal buckets, made of aluminum or tin, are great containers for floating gerbera daisies; they have a cute, homey appeal that complements these flowers. Make sure to remove the daisies' stems and float only their heads in water.
For a tropical-looking floating flower arrangement, float dendrobium orchid blooms. There are usually at least 10 to 12 blooms on a single dendrobium orchid stem; remove them all and float them in a wooden box fitted with a clear plastic liner to prevent the water from damaging the wood. Choose a box that has been stained in a rich hue or lacquered to a high gloss to highlight the exotic luxury of these blooms.
These mums have dozens long, narrow, pointed petals that explode out from their centers in a delicate display. They are particularly well suited to Asian-themed décor. Try floating the heads of spider mums in a painted, porcelain Chinese bowl or vase for a look that is decidedly Chinoiserie.
Flowers and Floating Candles
Floating flower arrangements need not just include flowers; add floating candles to any arrangement of floating flowers for interest and atmosphere. Floating candles come in a variety of colors. Choose colors that harmonize with the hues of your flowers.