A: The main difference is they last forever and will always look their best with minimal care. You can be far more creative with artificial flower bouquets, bending the wired stems into position and they are the perfect solution for allergy sufferers.
How to Arrange
How to Arrange
Follow our step-by-step flower arranging guide to create a wild, natural gathering that will add a touch of botanical magic to your pad.
What You'll Need
2-3 x Foliage StemsFoliage creates the foundation, adds volume and creates a generous soft backdrop for statement flower heads and structured stems to stand out against.
We've used: Fern Cream and Reed Grass
2 x Structured Stems or seedpods
Leafy, characterful stems with strong shapes and plenty of texture add structure, form and movement for a natural gathered vibe.
We've used: Eucalyptus Plum and Sorghum Stem
1-2 x flower Stems
Flower heads intrigue the eye and create colour and interest. You only need a few, and these can be exchanged throughout the year to keep your display seasonal.
We've used: Melaleuca Noir
Top Tip: When choosing stems, restrict your colour palette and keep it tonal,
this makes for a sophisticated bouquet.
How to Arrange
Start with a clear space and a selection you love
The more varied your selection, the more gathered, natural and wilder your display will look.
Start by layering thicker foliage first, these create the foundations. Arrange on the table in a loose fan to form a base.
Then layer over your leafy structural stems, these should contrast and add texture.
Bring in the flowers
Finally add your flowers heads, ideally in odd numbers. Keep foliage highest at the back, flower heads a little lower at the front.
Top Tip: You can cut stems to size with wire cutters, but we simply recommend bending them. This way, if you want to change vases in the future, you can unfold and re-size.
Then, onto the Vase...
Tie your arrangement before popping it in a vase to keep it in place.
The narrower the neck of your vase the easier it is to arrange the flowers.
How to pick a vase
The shape and colour of your vase plays a big part. We would recommend a ceramic vase over glass, in earthy tones that complement your botanicals. Not only will this provide a rustic base that allows your flowers to take centre stage but it will also hide any messy stems.
Flower Arranging FAQs
Q: How do artificial flower arrangements differ from real?
Q: Can you change or update an artificial flower bouquet easily?
A; Yes! Simply remove from the vase, cut the tie and repurpose them into other arrangements or store them away until the following year when they'll come 'back into season'.
We recommend purchasing a few new statement stems per season to refresh existing displays. As your collection grows you'll be able to mix and match your artificial flower arrangmemts with ease, and create more bouquets to place around your house or gift to friends and family.
Q: My flower stems are too short for my vase
A: No problem, if it's not glass, simply stuff the vase with tissue or newspaper to the desired level and plonk your arrangement on top. No one will ever know!
Q: How do I clean my artificial flowers?
A: Gently wipe your stems with a soft dry cloth or blow them gently, either using a hairdryer on the coolest lowest setting or by using a small manual air dust blower that are widely used for camera lenses or keyboards etc.
Tip: Ensure that your arrangement is not placed in direct sunlight as this may fade the colours of the flowers.
Q: Can you put artificial flowers with real flowers?
A: Yes! Mix in your garden blooms and seasonal flowers to create a unique arrangement. Just ensure that the stems of the artificial flowers are robust to withstand a little water.
INTO THE WILD
Trace the arc of the seasons with Abigail Ahern's iconic range of realistic faux botanicals, deeply influenced by the beautiful British landscape.