Contemporary flowers bring a whole new exciting perspective to flower designs. The funky trendy arrangements are works of art in their own right. Contemporary inventive designs by skilled florists can be used for sending flowers for any occasion, aimed at the increasing demand from young adventurous people who wish to move away from the classical designs. With the flower industry in the UK importing exotic and tropical flowers and foliages there is infinitive scope to design concepts.
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.