Flower Arrangement: the Basics and Tips

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We learnt a thing or two from flower experts at A Better Florist’s floral arrangement workshop.

By Lee Ying Ying

Floral arrangement is harder than it looks. And contrary to popular belief, floral arrangement requires creativity. There are various types of flowers, leaves, fillers, and colours to choose from, so the possibilities are endless.

I learnt a thing or two about floral arrangement at A Better Florist’s workshop. The end product (pictured above) turned out surprisingly beautiful, considering it was my first time arranging a bouquet. I reckon that the workshop’s freshly-imported flowers from Cameron Highlands played a huge role in ensuring that the bouquet remains crisp.

First, these were the flowers and filler greenery in my bouquet:

Pink roses. Tip: To make the roses open up, simply exhale sharply to blow air on them!   

Pink carnations. Tip: To make the carnations open up, use your thumb to lightly massage the petals outwards.

Ruscus leaves. Tip: These leaves are a good “backdrop” for the bouquet so they are typically placed at the back and positioned taller than the flowers.

Baby’s breath. Tip: Baby’s breaths are common fillers for bouquets and can be used even after they have dried.

White eustoma. Tip: Eustoma is considered a high-end cut flower because of its rose-like appearance, and has a long vase life when kept away from sunlight.

Purple statice. Tip: Statice is a lavender filler flower that helps to add colour and texture, and closes gaps in the bouquet.

Pro-tip: Once your bouquet has been arranged and tightly bound, wrap the ends of the stems with sponge then a plastic bag. Pour some water into the plastic bag and let the stems absorb it through the sponge. Tie the plastic bag with rubber bands.

According to floral arrangement experts at A Better Florist:

  1. Trim the stems. Cut the stems at an angle so they don’t suffocate on the bottom of the vase. Check the ends every few days – if the ends look slimy, snip an inch off.
  2. Trim excess leaves so all energy goes into the petals. Leaves that are in the water will decompose and shorten the lifespan of the flowers.
  3. Mist the flowers to keep the petals extra fresh and remove any that are starting to dry up!

Images by Lee Ying Ying


A Better Florist sources directly from flower farms in Cameron Highlands and has about four to six bespoke bouquets on its website to make it easier for people to choose from.

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