Create a striking flower arrangement

PHOTOS: Dirk Pieters | PRODUCTION: Tina-Marié Malherbe | ASSISTANT: Marianne Burke | FLORAL STYLING: Alwyn Burger from Okasie

The best way to enhance the beauty, colours, textures and fragrances of spring flowers is with informal, loose groupings. Here's how to create an uplifting spring portfolio.

Tokyo nightclub

Create a glamorous evening look by combining classic black-and-white pieces with exotic flowers and a hint of red.

FLOWERS: Indian cedar (Cedrus deodara), wax tree (Rhus succedanea), white orchids (Cymbidium spp.) and apricot camellia (Camellia japonica ‘Desire’).


Make a statement by contrasting African and Eastern elements: A black vase, reminiscent of a traditional African pot and containing seeds, complements the delicate white orchids of Asia.

FLOWERS: Delicious monster fruits and pods (Monstera deliciosa), forest lily (Veltheimia capensis ‘White hybrid’) and white orchids (Phalaenopsis amabilis ‘White’).

Deliberate misfit

Single flowers in a variety of colours may not match according to conventional wisdom, but they can be artfully united to form an eye-catching spring-time posy.

FLOWERS: Red rose (Rosa ‘Alec’s red’), red hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria), bleached pink rose (Rosa ‘French Panarosa’), giant reed (Arundo donax), French lavender (Lavandula dentata), lilac chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum ‘Ludmilla’) sweet William (Dianthus barbatus ‘Trix’), ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea) and pear tree (Pyrus communis).

New Colonial

A backdrop of botanical fabric is an excellent point of departure for a composition that blurs the lines between two- and three-dimensional perception.

FLOWERS: Lilac chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum ‘Ludmilla’), bleached pink rose (Rosa ‘French Panarosa’), green carnation (Dianthus ‘Green’), ivy (Hedera helix), pink orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis ‘Pink’), red rose (Rosa ‘Alec’s red’) and French lavender (Lavandula dentata).

Dutch blues

Delft Blue ceramic pieces were the inspiration behind this simple, intimate arrangement.

FLOWERS: White protea (Protea repens ‘White”), white chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum indicum), ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea) and delphiniums (Delphinium x belladonna ‘Völkerfrieden’).

Blue mirror

Glass, steel and silver create a reflective backdrop for bold blooms in black, purple and blue.

FLOWERS: Purple tulip (Tulipa ‘Purpurea’), black phalaenopsis orchid* (Phalaenopsis amabilis ‘White’), black cymbidium orchid* (Cymbidium spp.), red hot poker* (Kniphofia uvaria), magenta dendrobium (Dendrobium ‘Madame Pompadour’), French lavender (Lavandula dentata), gentian (Gentiana asclepiadea) and pear tree (Pyrus communis). *Sprayed with Plascon Aerolak Matt Black.

Watsonia silhouette

Turn a light window into a feature by placing thin, bold flowers in a vase with an unusual shape to create a graphic silhouette.

FLOWERS: Beatrice watsonia (Watsonia beatricis), bachelor’s balls (Aschlepia rotundifolia), sweet William (Dianthus barbatus ‘Trix’) and coneflower (Echinacea purpurea).

Medieval bulb print

Inspired by medieval-style pewter and fabric printed with oversized bulbs, this simple arrangement has been loosely and informally bound to create an almost primitive look.

FLOWERS: Ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea), chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum ‘Yoko Ono’), green carnation (Dianthus ‘Green’) giant reed (Arundo donax) and flax (Phormium tenax).


Bright and bold background fabric creates a striking contrast with the small, basic arrangement positioned on it.

FLOWERS: Green carnations (Dianthus ‘Green’), single orchid leaf (Phalaenopsis amabilis) and single climbing aloe bud (Aloe ciliaris).

Mad hatter

Try this new twist on a traditional spring arrangement. Roses and tulips are rarely used together—yet here, the contrasting colours are jauntily positioned tulips result in a playful, energetic creation.

FLOWERS: Purple tulip (Tulipa ‘Purpurea’), yellow roses (Rosa ‘Gold strike’) and green carnation (Dianthus ‘Green’).