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How To Arrange Flowers For Maximum Effect

Updated on July 9, 2012

Floral Arrangements

There are few people who have not heard the term curb appeal; in case you have not then curb appeal refers to how your front yard appeals to people who are pulling up to your home. What they see when they first see your house is its curb appeal.

One technique that I suggest for anyone who is looking to sell their current house or is buying a house to flip and who already understands curb appeal is to make sure that appeal is carried on when the prospective buyers walk through the front door.

Fresh cut flowers strategically placed in or near an entrance way can assist the seller to keep the buyer in an upbeat frame of mind.

You can simplify this process by placing a cutflower garden bed in your front lawn, not too far away from the front door. Then you can choose flowers from that garden to provide the floral arrangements indoors.

Of course, this works just as well, if you enjoy having flowers indoors.

Floral Arrangements:

If you have never done more than stick a few tulips in a vase, the following will help you expand upon that and develop the ability to create beautiful floral arrangements.

Step One:

Three questions: Where will the arrangement be placed? How ill it be lit? From what angle will it be seen?

Step Two:

Pick a container. There is a wide, wide range of container possibilities, vases, jugs, baskets made from a variety of materials which come in an array of shapes available. The container should match your room décor and the flowers that will be placed in it.

Step Three:

Cutting and Preparing the Flowers;

Remember that when you first cut a flower it is a living and growing plant. The morning is the best time to cut as the plant will hold more water than at any other time of the day.

If you can’t cut in the morning then the evening is the next best time.

Be sure to slit (vertically about 5 cm long) the stems first, and then put them into deep water and store in a cool palce for several hours.

Always use a sharp knife.


Crumpled chicken wire works well for woody stems or heavy flowers. Plastic foam that is water absorbent can support flowers in place at any angle. You can cut the foam to fit the container.

The foam needs to be soaked in water for 30 minutes before using; if you skip this step, the foam will suck the flower dry and they will fade fast.

When you begin keep it simple and remember yoru goal is to enhance your interior design not to show your visitors how many flowers your garden grows.

Colours, shape, texture all play an important role when choosing both the flowers and the containers.

A floral arrangement can be an attractive centerpiece for a special dinner; a bouquet for a special occasion or a way to bring the beauty of your garden into a hallway, living or dining room or a way to express your personal creativity.

an arrangement

courtesy flickr/bitman
courtesy flickr/bitman

DIY Flower Arranging


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for the comment.

  • craftybegonia profile image

    craftybegonia 7 years ago from Southwestern, United States

    Nice hub, thanks for the tips!

  • Angela Harris profile image

    Angela Harris 10 years ago from Around the USA

    I am so bad at arranging flowers. Thanks for these tips. I need them!