Flower Deconstruction

Radical new approaches are turning the flower world on its head – literally. Here are a few ideas that will either really impress, or shock. Either way, they'll definitely make a statement.


Try placing flowers upside down – yes, upside down in a vase. Flowers like Arrum lillies work well as they are firm, waxy and top-heavy. If you're lucky they should last about four days. Change the water and they should last even longer.


This time the flowers stay the right way up but are totally submerged in water. It's a bit like looking at them in an aquarium. Hyacinth's stems are straight and linear, producing clean-cut lines that look beautiful inside a cylinder vase. Trim the stems with a knife for a clean, straight cut so that they sit flat on the bottom. Cut like this they'll take in less water than angle-cut stems and still achieve the desired look.

Leaf Wrap

Leaves on their own can look stunning. The texture of Cordyline leaves gives extra body and an added dimension to a display. The key to this look is to be repetitive. Arrange five or more in a row on a long narrow cabinet or coffee table. Change the water every day to prolong the life of the leaves.

Floating Succulents

The beautiful soft tones of succulents make them a stunning, floating display in a bowl of water. They look wonderfully fresh and crisp in the bathroom. They'll happily absorb the humidity from the shower and bath and should last forever, in or out of the water.

Off With Their Heads!

This is perhaps the most radical example of deconstruction. Place a bunch of flowers with strong, linear stems (such as Jonquils) into a slim, clear vase. Chop of the heads but don't discard them. Allow them to rest where they fall to complete the display. The flowers will only last a few hours, but the stems should last for ages!

Equipment and Suppliers
Deluca's Florist
237 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9380 4144

Orson & Blake
83 - 85 Queen Street
Woollahra NSW 2025
Ph: (02)9326 1155


Supa Centa
Cnr Todman Ave & South Dowling Street
Moore Park
Ph: (02) 9662 2600

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