Flower Arranging Basics: A Beginner’s Guide

By on November 25, 2019

Fresh flowers add an absolute charm to any room’s décor. A hint of your personality gleams through a lovely bouquet that speaks to your heart. A harmony of colors, shapes, and sizes, heady scents – a flower has so much to offer a woman over 50! A single long stem in a clear glass vase spells out the elegance in simplicity. In contrast, a multi-layered floral arrangement in vibrant colors brightens up your living room quite splendidly. 

So, what happens when you manage to grab a handful of pretty flowers and set to arrange them? Do you feel lost over how to go about it?

If that sounds like you, read on. 

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Plan before buying

Before you lose yourself in the flower shop, pause for a moment. Think of what type of arrangement you’re going for and the vessel options you have. Would you use a long, narrow vase or a small, ceramic bowl or something in between? Is it a formal occasion or just a casual day? Should you consider any particular color theme? These answers will help set the tone of your arrangement.

Pick fresh flowers

Now, it’s time for the pretty flowers. Try picking young flowers in half-bloom to ensure that they stay fresh for longer. Depending on the container you’ve chosen, select flowers with long or short stems. Pick flowers in odd numbers for better visual appeal. 

For a monochrome theme, opt for flowers in different shades of the same color. This will add a certain depth to your arrangement. For more eclectic designs, pick out some greenery and filler flowers as well.

Pre-arrangement care

The only problem with fresh bouquets is that they start looking sad and wilted in a matter of days. To avoid that, out your flowers in warm water with some flower food right after you bring them home. 

Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle, so they absorb the food better. Before starting to arrange them, remove the thorns and excess leaves that fall below the water-line in the vase or your chosen container. Also, remember to clean the container before placing the flowers in it.

Arrange the flowers

For a start, put the tallest flowers at the center and arrange the smaller ones towards the outer edge of the vessel. Add a splash of green to make it look livelier. Once you have a rough arrangement done, stop, and review for any gaps or oddities. 

Once you’re sure of it, start cutting the stems at a 45-degree angle for the desired height. As a thumb-rule, a floral arrangement has about 1.5 times the height of the vessel with a balancing width for support. Secure the cut stems and greens to hold your arrangement in place. Use floral tape or rubber bands or floral foams placed inside at the bottom of the container.

Post-arrangement care

Keep the arrangement away from direct sunlight or other sources of heat. Change water daily and replenish the flower food in it. Remove any rotten or wilted pieces immediately.


Stop worrying over symmetry and precision. Listen to your heart and let the creative juices flow freely. 

If you’re interested in learning the art of flower arrangements, check out the various courses offered by Pearsons School of floristry in Sydney today!


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Flower Arranging Basics: A Beginner’s Guide