Tuesday, September 26

Fundamentals of Floristry

If you are interested in classic and modern styles in floristry – this article is for you. We tried to sort of systematize all the information about them.

  • Styles of floristry: three main versions

So, floristics gurus converges in the definition of three main floristic styles: vegetative, decorative and linear styles. Although some experts add a few more directions. But about this later.

  • Vegetative style – one of the most difficult to compile. A florist has the plants “as in nature”. In addition the flowers used a maximum of natural materials: leaves, bark, cuts of wood, cones, nuts, and branches. The style is considered one of the most difficult to perform.
  • Decorative style. Regardless of shape, appearance and hue, all elements of the composition follow the same idea. More often, the components are tightly connected. In addition to flowers, fruits, vegetables, and artificial decor are used.
  1. Linear style. Its distinctive feature is the minimum number of plants. But each of them carries an important sense load of creation. For attachment use kenzan (heavy metal base-holder), spikes. Outlines can be vertical and horizontal, crescent, or Hoggard line (Latin S), at a certain angle. Decorative elements are minimal. An example of the linear style – is the legendary ikebana. 
  • Other styles

The main styles in floristry can be supplemented for a long time by other, no less well-known ways of creating flower ensembles. But we’ll stick with the most famous.


Parallel style of decoration – the components of the bouquet have even rows. Each row is distinguished by a separate species of plants or shade of elements. The lines are horizontal or vertical.

Massive, European. Its distinctive characteristics are significant volume and lush forms. The space of the whole bouquet is filled tightly, up to a millimetre. Special fasteners are used, for example, arrangement grids.

Shaped style. More often the style is used to create themed works for children’s parties, corporate events and confessions in love. These are compositions in the form of a ball, a hemisphere, animals, a cross, a heart, and a pyramid.

There is another special direction – creative floristry. Some call this type of decoration a mixed style. Combining different techniques in the same flower arrangement, florist designers create original and unique works.

  • Techniques and types of floral works

All styles in floristry require a lot of time and effort from professionals. And excellent results are achieved thanks to modern and ancient techniques of composition creating.


The most well-known techniques are: 

  1. binding, 
  2. planting, 
  3. weaving, 
  4. placement, 
  5. winding, 
  6. sewing, 
  7. layering.


By species, floral works are conditionally divided into:

  • Compositions in the forms – a vase, a bottle, a pot, a basket, a box;
  • Bouquets – arrangement of bound flowers, which are collected in the hands;
  • Floral wreath – jewellery of the bride, for decoration of the room;
  • Collages, panels, and screens – used in the decoration of housing, and establishments;
  • Garlands – decoration options for all kinds of holidays;
  • Floral objects – arch, flower tree, photo zone and even flowerbed.


Listing styles, directions and techniques in floral art, it is worth noting the main thing: not so important theoretical knowledge of the florist. A true professional listens to his heart and composes the compositions with pleasure. Then the floristry turns into a state of mind. With his work in your hands, you will realize that you are dealing with a fan of your business and appreciate his work.