Types of Flower Arranging

Updated February 21, 2017

Flower arrangement is the art of grouping flowers together in a visually pleasing display. It is an important aspect of wedding floral decorations and the hospitality industry, where flowers are used to add a sense of colour and freshness to the area. Different types of flower arrangements can create different effects.


According to LearnHub, triangular flower arrangements are the most common arrangements used at personal and professional functions. The height and width of the arrangement are decided and then the arrangement is built up as a pyramid. The triangular type of flower arrangement is often seen on buffet tables.


A circular flower arrangement is also known a round flower arrangement. The flowers and foliage are arranged in circular area and rise to create a dome. This effect is symmetrical and contained, with off-shooting branches or leaves to break the smooth line of the dome. It is a good flower arrangement for a table centrepiece, but it may be too wide to use on a narrower space.


The crescent variety of flower arrangement is both asymmetrical and formal, and the flowers are used to create a look that is very much like a crescent moon. This type of flower arrangement needs to be well balanced due to the fact that the two prongs of the crescent may be different sizes. The focal point, where the eye is drawn, is typically the centre of the crescent.


A fan shape may be horizontal, using an irregular spread of low flowers across a table, or tall and flat, which can make it ideal for a narrow table pushed up against the wall. When a fan flower arrangement is constructed upright, it resembles a peacock's tail on full display. Flowers with long, strong stems are necessary for an upright fan.


Ikebana is a Japanese term that means "making flowers live." It is a traditional Japanese art; flowers arranged using the ikebana style tend to be asymmetrical and lively. There are many different types of ikebana, including moribana, heika and shoka.

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