Hobby Floral Arrangement: Triangular (Western Style)

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Floral Arrangement: Triangular (Western Style)
Written by Shirley T   
Monday, 23 June 2008 06:02

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into. ~Henry Beecher, 1858

Display position: For corner or side table/location, commercialized and mainly spotted abundant in condolences flower with stand or fruit basket arrangement.

Design Concept: From front view, the shape of the arrangement is triangle. There is a focal point or the 'eye-catcher' spot situated in the middle of the triangular. The most awesome blooming flower, called as focus flower is composed at this focal point. Side view is also a triangle while top view appears like a diamond shape.
Diagram 1 below illustrates the shapes in various view point in detail.
Diagram 1


Fundamental requirement for this design:
1. Main or primary flower. For instance Rose, Carnation, Anthurium, Daisy or Chrysanthemum is used in bigger arrangement with stand. Quantity suggested a designed of 1 foot by 1.5 feet is 10 stalks. If the arrangement is larger, more primary flowers can be leveraged on.
2. Supporting or secondary flower. Common examples include Chrysanthemum Spider, Chrysanthemum Spray, Chrysanthemum Button usually in dark green color.
3. Fillers are used at the last step to cover the visibility of sponge or container. Common examples are White peacock, Yellow peacock, Forget-Me-Not, Coffee Beans.
4. Leaves or foliages. Common example: Fern leaf.

Pleasant color combination is an important aspect in floral arrangement as it will make the composition stands out if choose correctly. As rule of thumb, colors that contrast harmoniously or colors that appear in neighboring spectrum of different tone like the examples below are practiced.

  • Vivid Red + White - Harmony of contrast
  • Pink + Purple - Harmony of contrast
  • Purple + White with Pink lining - Harmony of dominant (differs in tones)
  • Orange + Yellow - Harmony of dominant (differs in tones)

Here elaborates extensively on good color harmony.

Getting started:
1. Equipped with a water soaked round container, place the tallest stalk of primary flower (structural stalk) slightly behind (in the middle of upper circle, refer to Diagram 1 Top View) to stabilize the composition. If the structural stalk is composed in the middle of the round container, this may imbalance the arrangement as the bottom circle will be overloaded. Refer to Picture 1.

Picture 1
2. Move on to compose the second stalk on the base level facing front. Then, followed by the 'eye catcher flower' or focal flower (Number 3). Compose all the primary flowers according to the numbering sequence as shown on Picture 2, front view on Picture 3 and top view on Picture 4.
Picture 2 (Side View)

Picture 3 (Front View)

Picture 4
3. After satisfy with primary flowers, insert some leaves or foliages. Go by similar sequence and place the first fern to accompany the structural stalk. Based on front view, move on to add foliages until the sponge is less visible. Some tips when using fern leaves, if there are curved ferns, ensure placing them to curve-in to face front view or not let the tail facing back view/behind. Remember to compose some ferns to close up the back view as well. Picture 5 shows the composition of primary flower with ferns.
Picture 5
4. Next, introduce the secondary flower whereby in this example, they are violet chrysanthemums spider. Arrange them in-between the primary flowers and as where seems blank or empty. Also accompany the structural stalk with some secondary flower's bud of smaller bloom. Always fit the arrangement in triangular shape from front view as shown in Picture 6.
Picture 6
5. Last but not least, add in the fillers. In this example, white peacocks are placed around the flowers/ferns to instill the pleasant atmosphere. Refer to Picture 7 for the complete arrangement. Carnation number 3 is the focus flower. If observed, primary flowers (carnation) of number 4, 8, 3, 9 and 5 are blooming while the rest are carnation in buds as illustrated in Diagram 1.

Picture 7
Stay tuned for the next floral arrangement! Long CenterPiece awaits you!


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written by Rae Edwards , July 14, 2010

Your diagram and instructions make it seem so easy! I've tried to make arrangements on my own but never seem to look as good as the pros. I usually shop flowers for gifts, or for my home.

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written by Shirley T , July 17, 2010

Hi Rae,
My instructor used to tell us, the key to excel is 'practice, practice and more practice'. Never give up and keep trying. I have faith in you smilies/smiley.gif

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written by choon heang , June 05, 2011

I'm looking for a floral arrangements classes in Penang,any suggestion from you?
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written by Shirley T , June 14, 2011

Hi choon heang, I think there are quite a number of commercial florists do offer the floral arrangement course. I have not attended any classes in Penang, but I did approach Lip Sin florist (Sg Dua branch) before. They have a few courses e.g. hobbyist (beginner), intermediate and advance (business venture). Perhaps you can contact them to find out more.
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