A few years ago I tore a page out of Martha Stewart Living that became an absolute go-to guide for me, flower obsessed with not a stitch of training in arrangement.
In this conversation with floral gurus, Nicolette Owen and Sarah Ryhanen (google them immediately), they describe how elaborate bouquets require movement and arrangements look better in three tiers.
“Bulky real estate items like heather and lilies create form and structure. (Tier 1) Showy “face” flowers like tea roses give a bouquet their focus (Tier 2). Gestural, attention getting elements give a sense of finish. (Tier 3)” I love this and it has given me direction and confidence ever since.
Today’s trip to the Farmer’s Market and the backyard gave meaning to their above words. I am not a floral designer so my rendition did not look as elegant. But, anyone can easily do four of the below arrangements in less than $25.00 and less than 20 minutes following their technique.
Love in the mist and a sturdy hydrangea stand in as the solid foundation—Tier One. Vibrantly hued dahlias and garden roses with their explosive pops of color serve perfectly as the “showy face flowers”—Tier Two. But, my favorite is the ‘gestural’ detail, because it is only in bloom for a few more weeks…the Tuberose—Tier Three. What better gesture than it’s plump creamy buds bursting with sweet fragrance.
Another tip from Rhyanen, is to avoid the all too easy and deadly “pyramid” arranging. Stagger heights of flowers and create asymmetry with beautiful movement.
Finally, for the showy “face flowers” avoid the temptation to sprinkle them about. Instead, cluster like colors, shades and shapes together.
Another look for inspiration, from Ryhanen’s blog, Saipua….