How to pick flowers for a quick arrangement

A lot of the time a quick trip to the flower markets will yield a few “oohs”, “ahhs” and a ready made flower arrangement from one of the vendors. However the more I have read into flower arranging, the more I have been able to create my own designs.

Being time-poor (as most people are) I have been using a quick guide to pick the right flowers and arrange them at home. Colour is one of the things that first catches the eye, which is why I choose the colour scheme I will go for before arrive at the markets. To know what will go well, I use this colour wheel.

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From this colour wheel I can decide wether I will go for a

  • monochromatic look (all shades of red, for example),
  • triadic (three colours equally spaced around the wheel),
  • complementary (colours which are on opposing sides of each other),
  • analogous (colours and shades which are next to each other).

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For my arrangement I chose an analogous colour scheme (red, orange and yellow), then added white for interest, and of course foliage. It is a classic combination which means you can never go wrong. The bouquet had:

  • Red carnations
  • orange daisies
  • white freesias
  • white gerberas
  • solidaster
  • emu grass

Inexpensive flowers or even flowers found in your own back yard can bring you as much joy and satisfaction as more difficult to find blooms.

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I had a bit of material left over so I just placed them in the only container I had available. I did not arrange them in any particular way but because the colours are harmonious, it was still pretty enough to display. Inexpensive flowers or even flowers found in your own back yard can bring you as much joy and satisfaction as more difficult to find blooms and sometimes, allowing the flowers to fall on their own yields the most beautiful of arrangements of all.

Until then, happy flower arranging!

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