Use These Flower Arranging Techniques To Enhance Your Flower Arranging Skills

Over the years flower arrangement has developed and many flower arranging techniques have been introduced.

Here are some of the techniques I've encountered that I'm sure will be practiced for many years to come. There are other flower arranging techniques in the world that I will add to the ones below.

Even some florists are not aware of the existence of some of these techniques. If you learn and know them, you'll enhance your flower arranging skills.


Anchoring is the technique used to secure a stem insertion into a foam by using wood picks or wire. As an example, here is anchoring done onto a calla lily stem.

The calla lily stem is quite soft, so two wood picks are attached to it using cellophane tape. This is to help make insertion easier.


An armature is a structural framework used in an arrangement. It can be for decorative purpose or a mechanical one. For example, in this arrangement I made a frame using reed sticks.


Banding is the technique used to circle materials for decorative purposes. Here is an example of a calla boutonniere, which is circled by copper wire.


Grouping is done when we place the same materials together. Although they are close to each other, they still show their individuality.


Binding is simply tying the materials together. When you do hand bouquets, you definitely bind the stems altogether. Another example, would be the binding of these gerberas.

Radial Insertion

Radial insertion is a technique of stem insertion from a same place but the effect spreads around. To easily understand this, look at this freestyle anthurium arrangement.

The anthuriums are spread around the arrangement but the point of origin is the same.


Collaring is a technique used when you are making a 'collar' or a 'frill' surrounding the materials.

In this orchid bouquet, you can see that there two collars. One made of ruscus leaves and the other tuberoses.


As the name implies, it is a technique of interlayering materials to create a structure or surface. Here, I used the weaving technique to make this rattan structure.


Spiralling is a single circling line movement. Movement can be upward, downward, outward or inward. For example, in this Inverted-T arrangement, the ruscus leaves are made to spiral against the pink ginger.

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