Sweet Daisies: Tips and Tricks For Arranging Your Daisy Bouquet

Daisies are little darlings in the flower world. They are cheerful florae perfectly suited to any number of casual celebrations. Whether you’re creating a setting for a summer soiree, want to liven up a children’s classroom, or simply have some extra buds on hand, a daisy arrangement adds warmth to nearly any space.

Choosing Daisies

Shasta-DaisyStereotypical daisies are of the Shasta variety. They are white with bright yellow centers and have been bred for their hardiness and use in floral arrangements. Gerber daisies are more colorful and usually have dark centers. Both are considered fun and innocent flowers, and are part of the sunflower family. Daisies are universally welcomed for their simplicity and cheerfulness.

Daisies can be added to arrangements that are wild and free-spirited. When combined with other wildflowers, daisies harken back to the 70s and the hippie era. They can also evoke a sense of southern charm and innocence. When it comes to choosing daisies for your arrangement, the tone of your piece can be as varied as you want it to be. Unlike other hearty flowers, daisies do not last as long. Their stems are incredibly delicate. Unlike the sturdy, branch-like rose, daisy stems are more hollow and fragile. Always cut daisies in the morning to ensure proper hydration while transferring your flowers to the arrangement.

 

Arrangement Considerations

Gerbera-DaisiesDaisies do well when accompanied by other flowers in an arrangement. A multitude of daisies can work alone, but may overburden the vase. Instead, highlight the simple beauty of daisies by including them in small arrangements or placing them in an arrangement that features contrasting or complementary colors.

Shasta daisies can be arranged successfully with goldenrod, lilies, roses, and lavender. The colorful Gerbera daisies can be more difficult to pair, and generally work well as the sole flower in an arrangement highlighted by a bed of greenery. Daisy arrangements are very versatile, so any guidelines on what flowers accompany others well may be broken in favor of a new pairing. Experiment with the textures and colors of flowers to determine the best combination for your needs.

A traditional color combination of daisies will provide a classic touch of comfort and beauty to any setting. Pair Shasta daisies with Gerbera daisies or other yellow flowers, and include wildflowers or greenery to really make the colors pop. If your vase is clear, consider adding lemons to the water to heighten the sunny color effect.

For a different, modern look, incorporate a succulent or some moss to your display. For a truly southern design, apply dried wheat and sunflowers to the mix. Burlap and lace always go well with daisy arrangements, but more formal settings may call for colored or white ribbon. Don’t be afraid to try something unique or new.

Tips for Arranging Your Daisies

Bouquet-of-DaisiesAfter you’ve decided on the type of arrangement and the plants you will include in your design, you can set up your flowers. Always cut the blooms while they are submerged in the water, being careful that you don’t cut too much of the stem at once. Cutting the stems at an angle will help the daisies absorb more water in the vase. Visualize your arrangement before beginning, and try holding a few stems in your hands and playing around with the heights and colors before beginning. For vase arrangements, angle the outside flowers slightly away from the center. It will give the display a fuller look and highlight each bloom’s unique beauty.

Opaque vases may use floral foam, while clear vases that have wide openings benefit from a grid pattern over the top in floral tape. Both tools allow for easy placement in the arrangement without losing flowers during the course of the design work. Place your largest and most vibrant flowers in the arrangement first. If you are using multiple colors, try to space out the use so that the design is balanced, without a pop of color adding more weight to one side.

Bouquets and other arrangements may need to be arranged entirely in the hand. Continue to add flowers, working from the center to create a tight bunch that will stay in place once secured. Use floral tape to wrap the flowers, and then add any decorative wrapping or trim. These types of arrangements should be stored in a cool space with enough water to cover the ends of the stems.

Hold your stems up to the vase before making any cuts to determine the appropriate height. Once you have placed the blooms in the space, add greenery and adjust flower placement as needed. Any tall greenery can be added before the blooms, but smaller accents may be easier to place after the flowers have been arranged. With a bit of care, these bouquets can highlight the holder during any momentous event.

 

Photo Credit:

Photographer GLady offered the photograph of Daisies under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

Photographer nile offered the photograph of Gerbera under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

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