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April 20, 2011

Which Flowers Float?

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Floating flowers are a beautiful choice for a party or wedding centerpiece or table decoration. There are several ways to style floating flowers, but you do need to choose your blossoms carefully or opt to tweak your design to allow for adequate support. Add candles, greenery and other accents to round out your floating floral design.

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Floating Arrangements

Floating arrangements are an ideal way to get maximum impact with a minimal investment. A single blossom or a few blossoms can float in a bowl alongside floating candles or tea light candles in floating holders to create a romantic centerpiece or table accent. You can also create the appearance of a floating design with any flower by using floral foam placed in a shallow dish. Use leaves and flowers to completely cover the foam.

Formal and Elegant

Choose lush blooms for a formal affair, like an evening wedding. Peonies, roses and ranunculus can all create stunning floating arrangements. If you prefer a more modern look, consider the bright contrast of poppies or the geometry of anemones. Choose open blossoms for your centerpieces. Try placing small glass bowls on a tray with a single bloom in each and accenting them with candles or floating several roses or other flowers in a larger bowl in the center of each table.


Casual and Sweet

Floating flowers aren’t just for formal events. Try floating pansies, asters, Gerbera daisies or marigolds for a more relaxed event. Float brightly colored Gerbera daises along with matching candles for a family picnic or purple and yellow pansies for a summer tea. You can pick these flowers from your garden or opt to order a bouquet of Gerbera daisies from ProFlowers. Simply keep your daisies in a vase until you’re ready to prepare your floating arrangement, then cut them off near the flower blossom.

Make it Work

If your favorite flower doesn’t float well, you can opt to use nearly any relatively sturdy flower in an underwater design or arrangement. Fill the bottom of a vase with aquarium gravel, glass marbles or a floral frog, then add water until it is approximately halfway full. Snip your stems to the desired length, making them somewhat shorter than the vase. Arrange your favorite flowers, using the stones or frog to secure them at the base of the vase, then fill the vase the rest of the way with water. Add floating candles on top, if you’d like.

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