As easy as it is to order flowers online or go to a florist to get custom made bouquets, there is something special about doing things yourself. The beauty and fragrance of flowers are for some reason much more noticeable if you are the arranger of a great bouquet. Intricacies and patterns will come alive to you that you have never noticed before, and think about how impressed your friends will be when you tell them that you made that beautiful design yourself! If you are a creative type that loves flowers, keep reading for practical principles of floral design. It's easier than you might think.
My parents house was a traditional home that had the typical Japanese garden in the back with various different trees, plants and many seasonal flowers. I grew up playing around our Japanese black pine, Japanese plum, loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) and pomegranate trees, all the while enjoying the azaleas, camellias and many other flowers that my father nurtured with so much love and dedication. I also remember that we had flowers that were originally introduced in Japan from foreign countries, such as Amaryllis (Belladonna Lily), roses, daisies, and dahlias. So while our garden was very Japanese in style, I can now see how it was more like a display of universal nature.