(Beginners/Intermediate Class on 20.1.09)
The two designs below show how you can make an attractive arrangement using very few flowers and some interesting and varied foliage.
The design on the left has been made in a shallow red ceramic dish, with floral foam for the mechanics. For the height, I've used pink-variegated Phormium tenax 'Maori Queen', whilst Pittosporum tobira variegata provides secondary height. Other foliage used is Fatsia japonica 'Aurea', Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart', Conifer, and three looped leaves of Phormium 'Yellow Wave'. The only flowers used are five red mini Gerbera and a few red spray carnations.
The design on the right is even simpler, and is made in a clear perspex square container with floral foam for the mechanics. This design uses only five yellow roses. For height, I've used some winter twigs, and the foliage used is Pittosporum tobira variegata, Fatshedera lizei 'Annemeike', all-yellow leaves from Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart', Conifer, and Nandina domestica.