If you have attended one of my Hospitality Workshops, you have heard me talk about the design philosophy of earth, sky, and river. I'm sure I am botching the particulars of this, but essentially the idea is that when you are arranging anything (flowers, cheese boards, dessert platters), you want to have elements that represent earth (something grounded and solid), sky (something tall), and river (something that flows). This idea always works, and it is the foundation of my formula for arranging flowers.
When you go to the store to purchase flowers, look for something from each category.
Earth includes things like roses, hydrangea, or any other solid substantial bloom.
Sky includes stock (my all-time favorite flower!), and I apologize for not knowing more flower names, but also anything that is on a stalk and stands tall. I warned you. I am not an expert.
River includes mostly greenery, such as eucalyptus, sprigs of green leafy plants, the rose hips berries, and even baby's breath.
Don't overthink these categories. Use them as a guide to get the results you desire.
Last tip, and then we will get to it, choose flowers in one color family. White is always a classic choice, but in this example, I am going with pink. The simplicity of a singular color palette will make your arrangement even that much more elegant. When you start with flowers that all go together, it really is impossible to make a bad color choice when arranging.
Step One: Always start with earth. These vases are small, so I am giving each one a single rose. If I were using something larger, I might have started with two or even three roses in each container.
Step Two: Add the sky. Take your tall flower, clip the stem so that the finished height is taller than your earth, and add it to the container. Always remove most of the leaves from the bottom of the stem to keep the water free from excess leaves, and keep in mind that you can always cut a stem shorter, but you can't make it longer. It usually takes me two to three snips per flower to get it right. (Still very much not a pro over here.)
Step Three: Add the river. Somewhere in the space between earth and sky, add a river or two. Cut sprigs of your flowing element and tuck them next to the other elements. There isn't a science to this. You can tell it's right when the arrangement takes on a finished quality.
Here is an example of the same approach, the same formula, and the same flowers executed in a different container. I love the way this turned out! And it seriously is as simple as earth, sky, and river. It never fails!