Putting it all together _ Once you have selected your flowers and vase, its time to start putting things together. If possible, first cut each flower stem diagonally about one inch from the bottom while holding the end of the stem under warm water. Use your kitchen sink or a large basin. This helps ensure each stem will absorb moisture and nutrients easily. As you cut each flower, transfer it to a temporary "work" vase, which should be halfway full of water.
Contemporary flowers are being increasingly used in hotels and businesses by adding opulence to foyers in the most fashionable designs and arrangements. Large vibrant tropical flowers and spiky foliages create an impressive eye catching display. The taller sunflowers that may be overwhelming in a small home can be used on their own or mixed with tropical flowers in a dazzling contrasting color such as the deep red of the heart_shaped antirrhinum to provide a feast of color to the eyes.