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Flower Shapes

When creating a flower arrangement the choice of the shapes and textures of the flowers used is just as important as the choice of colours. There are blooms that have such dramatic shapes and identities that are best presented singly or in small clusters of identical flowers.

For example a tall vase of imposing lilies would not be enhanced by the addition of, say, cow parsley. Other less stately flowers require the company of other flower types to supplement and enhance their appearance. When a variety of blossoms is to be used in a flower arrangement great care and consideration should be taken when selecting appropriate flower shapes and textures.

Flower Spikes

The following is a selection of spikes for use in flower arrangements:

Euphorbia Gladioli Forsythia Molucella
Freesias Delphiniums Campanula Celosia
Irises Solidago Prunus Antirrhinums
Scilla Crocosmia Lilac Aconitum
Liatris Amaranthus Muscari Heliconia

Flower Rounds

The following is a selection of rounds for use in flower arrangements:

Sweet William Daffodils Roses Scabious
Tulips Gerbera Carnations Chrysanthemums
Achillea Zinnias Anemones Antirrhinums
Dahlias Craspedia Protea Hellebores
Hydrangeas Bouvardia Nerines Ranunculus
Hyacinths Calendula Agapanthus Peonies

Intermediate Flower Shapes

The following is a selection of intermediate shapes for use in flower arrangements:

Eustoma Solidaster Lilies Alstroemeria
Open Irises Trachelium Saponaria Spray Roses
Spray Carnations Some Orchids Astilbes Alchemilla
Limonium Gypsophila Statice Lavatera
Hypericum Sweet Pea Genista Asters
Eustoma Eryngium Waxflowers  

Medium & Small Arrangements

The following is a selection of flowers for use in small and medium flower arrangements:

Roses Carnations Asters Gypsophila
Daffiodils Anemones Dahlias Muscari
Convallaria Waxflowers Centaurea Freesias
Trachelium Tulips Chrysanthemums Scabious
Ranunculus Nerines Limonium Amaranthus
Gladioli Mini Gerbera Genista Eustoma
Alstroemeria Agapanthus Alchemilla Liatris

The following is a selection of foliage for use in small and medium flower arrangements:

Hebe Euonymus Leatherleaf Ivy
Eucalyptus Ming Fern Bear Grass Ruscus
Senecio Cupressus Evergreen Oak Escallonia
Tree Heather Cyclamen Croton Choisya

Large Arrangements

The following is a selection of flowers for use in large flower arrangements:

Roses Carnations Asters Gerbera
Strelitzia Hydrangeas Dahlias Lilac
Delphiniums Aconitum Euphorbia Eucharis
Irises Hippeastrum Chrysanthemums Anthurium
Heliconia Larkspur Peonies Lavatera
Gladioli Limonium Stocks Phlox
Prunus Solidago Sedum Liatris

The following is a selection of foliage for use in large flower arrangements:

Laurel Arbutus Senecio Bergenia
Tree Ivy Ivy Trails Bear Grass Fatsia
Blue Pine Eucalyptus Dracaena Hosta
Privet Gaultheria Cornus Escallonia
Jasmine Honeysuckle Holly Large Fern

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