There are so many types of flowers and foliage you can use for a flower arrangement. And these change according to the season as well. You will be able to maintain the freshness of the flower arrangement by using seasonal blooms.
You should have a plan for what the floral arrangement will look like in the end. This will help you select the right flowers from the beginning. You can create the outline of the flower design using spike flowers that are tall flowers. These are also called line flowers and some examples of these are tuberose, snapdragons and delphiniums. The biggest part of the flower arrangement is made of form flowers. You can use dahlias, roses, carnations, zinnias and asters for this part of the arrangement. You can also select flowers on the emotion you want to express through the arrangement. Or you can choose flowers that form the base of the colour theme you are going for. This will help you match the flower arrangement in a certain room or position in your home bringing the interior décor together. Flowers that are in season will be more affordable and easily available.
You have to choose a focal point in the flower arrangement that will be filled by feature flowers. These will generally be the largest flowers that are used in the design and they can be the most expensive as well. These are generally used in the centre. You can use roses, irises and tulips as feature flowers to bring the eye into that part of the arrangement and create a point of interest. To create some context between the main flowers and ensure they are not squeezed in together at one spot, you will need filler flowers like waxflower and misty. This has to be done with a level of restraint as you can create more of a chaotic flower arrangement if the filler flowers overwhelm the others.
Foliage is another important aspect of a flower arrangement. It allows the flowers to breathe and creates an interesting backdrop to help them shine. You can use ferns, camellia leaves and eucalyptus gum for foliage. These will last a long time as well. Look for foliage that can stay fresh for longer so you don’t have to replace the arrangement too frequently. You have to take a step back now and then to check if the flowers or foliage are overwhelming the overall arrangement. You don’t need to use all the flowers and foliage you have picked out. Leaving some things out can add more beauty to an arrangement than you may think. You don’t have to look for a perfect arrangement as this will not be found in nature. Place the flowers and foliage as they are; if they are curving to the right, you can place them on the right side of the arrangement and vice versa. You can stick to about three or four different types of flowers in one arrangement. If you are using more than this, you will need a larger arrangement.