Create the Wow Factor in your Home with Flowers

Creating a standout floral arrangement for your home isn't as complicated as you may think. Follow these 5 steps to achieving a decorative wow factor.

When it comes to updating the look of your home, you don't have to resort to expensive furniture, paintings or rugs. Careful flower arrangement will still create a wow factor and achieve maximum effect. 

Gregory Milner, head of Marjorie Milner College, shares 5 steps to achieving a visual statement for the home, using flowers.

Gregory will also be appearing at the 20th annual Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) along with some of Australia's best landscape designers, so be sure to check out this incredible event!

Step 1

Fill the container with soaked floral foam. Place the components on the table so you can see everything you may want to use.

They are from left to right: Plane tree leaves, oriental lilies, leucadendrons, piece of twisted cane, pink roses, celosia, anthuriums, bark and paper bark (melaleuca), container (30 centimetres in diameter), moss, skewered oranges, floristry cutters, coconut fibre, fishbone fern, molucella balm, succulents and magnolia leaves.

Step 2

All stems will be cut on an angle. Remember to cut away from your hand. Place a plane tree leaf almost horizontally into the left side of the foam. It overlaps the edge of the container. Place another partly over the first on a slightly upward angle. Then place a small monsteria leaf into the right side of the foam. It will overlap the edge. A group of singular magnolia leaves are inserted into the foam at the back with the inside of the leaves facing you. (This is the brown textured side). Add some cut bark and coconut fibre to the top of the monsteria leaf. Now add one stem of green celosia to cascade down the front of the container.

Step 3

Place the skewered oranges into the foam piercing through the monsteria leaf. They almost touch and one is higher than the other. The large succulent is positioned at the front of the container and not overlapping the container edge. Place the two smaller succulents touching each other. Not the angles of how they face.

If you wanted a simple yet striking table centre with great textural contrasts you can stop now. This would be great for an outdoor meal and a talking piece. Also very inexpensive to make.

Step 4

To continue to make this into a flowered arrangement add two stems of emu grass and then add roses at the base and strip all foliage from the taller rose. This creates a dramatic look. The lowest rose sits into the foliage. The shorter the stem is to the base, the longer the flower will last.

Step 5

Final steps are to add an open lily into the coconut fibre in front of the oranges. Add two anthuriums to the left lower side of the design. Their throats (spadix) should face outwards to create flow. Now add some fishbone (two pieces) at the base of the emu fern. These will sit slightly back from the grass. A small piece of molucella balm is added behind the fishbone fern at the base of the design. Finally add the piece of twisted cane and some moss to the front of the design. You can give the arrangement a mist with water.

This is a dramatic design and talking piece. Colours are in contrast and so are the mixed textures, giving the design impact.

If you're in Melbourne from Wednesday, 25 March to Sunday, 29 March, and after more DIY ideas, head to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, Australia's largest horticultural event in the country. Showcasing stunning floral displays and inspirational landscaping ideas for around the garden, it's never been easier to improve your indoor and outdoor living space.

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