Vertical Concept – Echinacea, Gerbera, Hypericum and Sweet William
This one was quite a tough one because you need to get the proportions and the angles right to make it look nice. The rule of thumb for the vertical concept is the ‘heavier’ flowers should be near the bottom, so I chose the smallest echinacea for the tallest stalk. The second tallest one should be 3/4 of the first and then third one should be 2/3 of the first. The three echinacea heads should form a gradient if you look at the floral arrangement from the side.
I read that echinacea’s generic name was derived from the greek word ‘sea urchin’ which is really appropriate since it has a spiky center – not very pretty but interesting in a minimalist way I guess
Because the gerbera has such a fragile stalk and its head is much heavier, we would need to poke a wire through its head and wrap it around the stalk for support.
I think this design is quite elegant in its own way and the height is definitely eye catching.