Single, larger blossom flowers, such as roses, carnations, zinnias, tulips or lilies, usually make up the focal points of a piece. Taller stems with multiple flowers can balance things nicely. Delphinium, gladiolus, and snapdragon are good examples of flowers that can add extra height and texture. "Filler" flowers, or stems with many small buds, are great for topping of a bouquet with a full and delicate look.
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.