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.
Place your ornamental cut flowers into your water vase, make sure that you put it one by one. If it's going to be a design or floral arrangement against a wall or flat surface you have to put the tallest or longest cut flowers at the back. If your design or flower arrangement will be visible from the sides place your longest or tallest flowers in the middle. Begin with the longest or the tallest, and then go out to the lips or edge of your flower container. Now, take time to look at your flower vase, is it beautiful and pleasing to see? Did it turn out to be symmetrical? Is there a spot or an area that needed to be filled in with more flowers?