Giving flower buds as a floral gift is less common than flower arrangements and bouquets. The significance of flower buds is their symbolism of natural fresh beauty and is commonly given amongst the youth. The benefit of flower buds as a gift is that lasts longer and the receiver has the opportunity to see how the flower blooms.
Western style arrangements typically consist of a free form assemblage of flowers in a container. In contrast, Ikebana is more of a disciplined form of art, governed by well_defined rules, principles and techniques. For example, certain precepts regulate elements like the light and the shadows. There is also what is known as the three points of balance _ shin_fuku_tai in Japanese _ which symbolize man, heaven and earth, respectively, and that have to be in harmonious equilibrium in order to give true life to an Ikebana flower arrangement. This and the fact that stems and branches are used in addition to flowers, are perhaps the most obvious differences with western_style flower arrangement.