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How to Make a Green Flower Arrangement

By Simon Crowther @prestigeflower

How to make a green flower arrangement

When you think of flowers, it's quick common o imagine a brightly coloured bouquet. Colours like red, pink, and even yellow often come to mind but there are also some beautiful green arrangements out there. Best of all is that they are really easy to make and a little goes a long way.

The goal of this kind of arrangement is to make it look like a small garden. The main difference between this bouquet and your usual rose or tulip ensemble is that you are actually encouraged to include various herbs!

Some ideas of what to use are geranium leaves, sage, crocosmia (seed heads), and ivy (seed heads). When choosing a vase, look for something with a base or a footed bowl. A silver-coloured vase will help give your arrangement an antique look and the wide rim means that you can allow the flowers and foliage to spray outwards for that natural effect.

Since these kinds of vases are particularly shallow, you will need to use a block of floral foam to secure the stems. Soak the foam in water until it is saturated and place it inside the bowl. Make sure that it's a snug fit and, if need be, add smaller pieces around the edges to prevent the main block from moving.

Once your foam is in place, you can start arranging your greens. Start on the outside and work your way in to the centre of the vase. There is no need to cut the stems too short since the floral foam will hold them in place. You want your arrangement to be as tall and wide as possible. Add shorter leaves in between to fill up and gaps. There should be no spaces in between since you want to create the effect of a living and thriving garden.

It's up to you whether you'd like to stick to herbs and foliage or if you would like to add some flowers. There are several green flowers to choose from and they can also add texture as well as colour variety. Some examples of green flowers include roses, carnations, orchids, chrysanthemums, zinnias, gladiolus, and daylilies.

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