Ikebana flower designs tend to be minimalistic; the key to achieving their distinguished beauty is not in any particular single component, but rather the balance between all of them. The key is finding a harmonic balance between all the elements of expression (the container and the flowers, stalks and leaves), their characteristics (such as color, texture, form and the season they represent) and the space where the flower arrangement is expected to be used.
To preserve your artistic flower arrangement be sure to keep your vase three fourth full of water. Do not put cold water when you replace the water, always use warm water. And when your water vase begins to become cloudy or you can smell a foul odor, you have an option to replace the water or put a little bleach. Make sure to clean your flower vase evenly between uses, you can also soak it in water with a little bleach to disinfect it. You can always do this before you use your flower vase.