Japanese flower arrangement, also known as Ikebana, focus on the line of the twigs and leaves, rather than on the flowers themselves like in Western designs. The line of the twigs or leaves is combined with a small number of blooms and the design is complemented by the style of the container which is also a key element in the Ikebana style.
Locally_grown flowers currently in season will generally prove to be the most cost effective for you. If you have your eye on some rare flower only available for a few weeks each year from the Mediterranean, you will pay considerably more than those farm_fresh roses or daisies. With that in mind, there are several flowers that are always in season and a fabulous bet for the floral bargain hunter. These include roses, daisies and carnations. While these may seem a bit "mainstream" for your tastes, you may be surprised when you start investigating the design and color possibilities that will turn these flowers from common to chic. For instance, a tightly_packed, single_color carnation centerpiece makes a striking and elegant statement for your cocktail or dinner party. Or, choose some boldly_colored roses and cut the stems short to place in a bud vase to add style and grace to your tables.