It is said that the practice of flower arranging was originally used in Japan to pay tribute to the gods, and the floral arrangements were therefore considered sacred. In Japan, historical records documenting the appearance of traditional flower arrangements date back to about 500 years ago. It was in the seventeenth century that followers of this new form of artistic expression started creating the rules leading to the formation of what would eventually become the disciplinary art that is now known as Ikebana. The diversity of forms and methods that were developed over time made Ikebana a much more sophisticated form of art. In the end, Ikebana has become a discipline where the stage for the artistic expression is set by the harmony achieved through the combination of natural materials (flowers, stems and branches), the container, and the lines and forms that characterize the art of Japanese flower arrangement.
The utmost importance in an arrangement is the overall harmony and balance. It is possible to combine two or more flowers in one floral design, but in this case choosing flowers that are compatible with each other is of utmost importance. In other words, the key to a well_balanced arrangement is to choose flowers that can strengthen the beauty of each other. What's important to getting the most out of the components of an arrangement is the harmony between the floral material and the container, as well as the overall balance. No matter how beautiful a flower may be on its own, if it does not harmonize with the rest of the material, the balance is lost and the beauty of the flower is wasted.