Picking your flowers (and vase) _ When selecting your flowers, try to pick a few colors and shapes that will work well together. You can go with a monochromatic design (all one color) for a contemporary look, choose all warm colors for a strong happy statement, or mix every color you love for a natural feeling that will bring the outdoors indoors.
Choose a container that will complement the shape and color scheme you have in mind. If you are just starting out, go with a traditional size vase __ not too tall, and not to squat. As a general rule, your container should be about one_third to one_half the size of your finished arrangement. So, for a vased bouquet you'll need mostly flowers with longer stems. A smaller bowl or basket is fine, too. You'll simply have to cut stems shorter and may need floral foam to help position each bloom. It helps to start with the simpler designs and work your way up, and a vased bouquet is often recommended for a first project.