Etymologically, the origins of the name Ikebana comes from two Japanese words: ikeru, which means to give or conserve life, and hana, which translates as flower. There is an old Japanese saying relating to Japanese flower arrangement that goes kokoro wo ikeru, which literally means to give life to your heart. In all cultures, nature has always been an essential source for healing of the soul. In Japan, the use of flowers to enrich the spirit has been part of the culture since ancient times. By extension, Ikebana is also considered a form of artistic expression meant to enrich and heal the spirit.
The utmost importance in an arrangement is the overall harmony and balance. It is possible to combine two or more flowers in one floral design, but in this case choosing flowers that are compatible with each other is of utmost importance. In other words, the key to a well_balanced arrangement is to choose flowers that can strengthen the beauty of each other. What's important to getting the most out of the components of an arrangement is the harmony between the floral material and the container, as well as the overall balance. No matter how beautiful a flower may be on its own, if it does not harmonize with the rest of the material, the balance is lost and the beauty of the flower is wasted.