Oh, the classic garden flower arrangement! I’m so glad this style is back in fashion. I love so many styles of floral design, but this soft and flowing style is my absolute favorite. Garden flower arrangements used to really intimidate me; there appeared to be so much going on and I never knew quite where to start. But once I learned to identify the defining characteristics, it was a bit easier to take on.
The keys to this classic garden style are softness and movement. For this arrangement, I used eucalyptus and garden roses to capture that garden feel. My silver pitcher was used to give it an old world touch.
Floral Recipe : Classic Garden Arrangement With Peach Roses & Red Scabiosa
5 stems parvafolia eucalyptus
2 stems of silver dollar eucalyptus
Any of the softer varieties of eucalyptus will do the trick; gum drop, seeded, feather, or willow. But I like using 2 to give a variety of textures.
8 stems red scabiosa
6 stems peach garden roses
What You’ll Need
8” tall x 5” wide vase
I used an antique pitcher
Define size and shape.
Use the wispy branches of the eucalyptus to define the size and shape of the arrangement. With this garden style, I wanted the shape to be asymmetrical. The spout of my pitcher provided the perfect place to have greenery cascading out of the flower arrangement.
Then, I balanced it out with a smaller branch on the opposite side.
Define the overall height of the arrangement by placing branches in the middle. Since I didn’t tape grid this arrangement, this was a bit of a balancing act!
Cut length 14 – 21”
Use the stiffer branches of the eucalyptus to build dense coverage in the center of your arrangement. This step has two purposes.
1. All those stems packed in the vase provide a structure that will help hold the flowers in place.
2. The density of the leaves creates coverage so you won’t have holes or gaps in the arrangement.
Cut length- 12-14”
Additional texture and movement.
The silver dollar eucalyptus was so fun to use. It’s draping nature was perfect for covering the edge of my pitcher. Next, I used the longer stems to follow the same flowing lines as the wispier variety.
Now I have a good base! The shape is defined and there are texture and movement in the arrangement.
Cut length- 14-18”
On to the stars of the show!
Place the scabiosa.
In these kinds of arrangements, I like to start with the farthest reaching flowers and then work my way to the middle.
I wanted the scabiosa on the far left to reach out in the same direction as the eucalyptus.
The one on the right found a place to rest closer to the base of the arrangement.
Then, fill in places in the middle of the greenery. Think about high spots, low spots, and something in the middle.
Cut length- 6-14”
Bring on the roses!
I had one peach rose that was quite a bit more open than the others so I placed it low at the base of the arrangement.
Then, I wanted one rose that followed that tall scabiosa out to the left.
Last, fill in with the remaining roses.
Cut length- 6-10”
Just a little fill in.
I felt the top of the arrangement was just a little too wispy, so I filled in with a little more of the eucalyptus.
Symmetrical arrangements are meant to be viewed from all sides. Think of a table centerpiece. There will be people sitting all the way around the table, so all sides need to be ready for the show. But an asymmetrical arrangement, like this one, will only be viewed from the “front”. Despite that, I rarely leave the “back” of an arrangement completely bare. Little glimpses of flowers peeking out from behind greenery give the arrangement interest and depth. That being said, the prettiest flowers should be reserved to be on display front and center!
I hope these step-by-step instructions will help you approach garden flower arrangements with confidence!
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