10 Tips for Choosing Flowers for Your Centerpieces
1. Select flowers that are in season. Many flowers are available all year long. But if they have to be special ordered they may cost more. Flowers in season are generally healthier, prettier and more cost-effective.
2. Select less expensive flowers and use a whole lot of them. People love to hate carnations, but you can achieve a big look for less money if you choose a simple design. Gladiola is another great candidate for this look when placed in a modern vase.
3. Select a few striking flowers and go for a modern look. Tropical or exotic flowers in a simple vase look great.Try a few stems of amaryllis in full bloom.
5. Use a few different flowers in a single color. It's a modern look that is quite elegant.
6. Choose big-headed flowers. They take up a lot of space, can be mixed with other flowers and can give you a great bang for your buck. Consider football mums, hydrangea and gerbera daisies. Three stems of hydrangea and you've got a centerpiece. The loveliest come from Holland and cost a bit, but the look is sheer glam.
7. Don't use flowers. Instead use interesting branches like willow alone in a nice vase. They can be spray painted to match your decor. Don't go crazy with your colors here though. Cymbidium orchids can be wired to the willow branches as well.
8. Choose unscented flowers for your centerpieces. Some people are highly allergic to them. Most people don't want to be overwhelmed with the fragrance of flowers while they eat. Select unscented varieties of lilies for your centerpieces if that's your flower of choice.
9. Use lots of foliage. Though the style of flower arranging we do at Fly Me To The Moon Florists uses lots of flowers, you don't have to. Think about a rose or hydrangea bush. They have flowers, but there's space between them. My current favorite foliage is Italian ruscus, but salal (lemon leaf) , pittosporum plain and variegated are lovely in floral centerpieces.
10. Take it easy with the filler flowers. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you've heard me say it before. Don't go crazy with baby's breath. Unless of course it's the only flower you're using. It won't make your floral centerpieces look bigger. It will make them look tacky. See tip #9 again. You can read more on this subject here.
I encourage you to think outside your usual flower box when thinking about centerpieces. Try something new. Play with the traditional. I think you'll be glad you did.
Part 4 of the "Floral Centerpiece Secrets" series will discuss color. Hope you're enjoying these posts and finding them helpful.
What kind of flowers do you dream about using in a centerpiece?