First Steps for Flower Arrangers

Here are some fundamentals to help anyone, from beginner to veteran, get started on making a flower arrangement. These rules make it easy to get a fabulous final “masterpiece.” 

Step One: Choose a container that will work with its final destination (dining room table, front hall/entrance, picnic table, kitchen, etc.) The size of your container and its contents will affect where you place your arrangement.

Step Two: Pick at least 2 different greens, 2 different sizes (small, medium or large.)

Step Three: Pick your 3 different shaped flowers in 3 different colors, or all the same color.

Okay, now you are ready to begin placing your flowers. 
1) Your first flower placements will give you your parameters – height for your arrangement. I chose blue delphinium (Delphinium elatum). It can be used for height and line. 
2) The second flower, yellow yarrow, such as Achillea ‘Coronation Gold,’ is a mass flower and a great color that is complimentary to the blue delphinium. The mass flower will help you fill out the arrangement and give it width and depth.
3) The third flower is line and movement. This white Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum) has a lovely curve and interesting cascading flowers and leaves. It creates interest and energy for your arrangement.
With these three steps and ingredients, you can make any flower arrangement successful, whether it is a miniature, or a grand statement arrangement. Have fun with flowers from your garden as you make a fun arrangement!