How to Make a Pedestal Flower Arrangement with Hydrangea, Roses and Lisianthus


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  1. Soft ruscus greenery is perfect for pedestal work. It adds a softness to the design with trailing / curvature of the stem. In this demonstration, we have used 2 bunches (you could use only 1 bunch if you were using other foliage into the pedestal). 
  2. Prepare the flowers and greenery before you start working with them preferably overnight. Soak the floral foam and position horizontally into the floral dish (no gaps) to create a support for the pedestal. You can also add chicken wire for extra support if you are using particularlly heavy stems i.e. gladioli.  
  3. Create shape and height, add the greenery soft ruscus to start. 

  4. Once you have added the greenery base, add the structural flowers to the arrangement for example, gladioli, snapdragons, lisianthus etc. For this pedestal, Debbie is creating a symmetrical design as opposed to an asymmetrical. Begin at the top with the structural flowers and follow the lines down the middle and sides of the design. 
  5. For the Hydrangea, remove the leaves from the stem, but make sure you keep them to add them into the pedestal for a different texture and colour. They will also cover any gaps you have. Hydrangea do not thrive well in floral foam. We would advise to cut the stem at an angle before adding into the foam. Spray / mist the Hydrangea
  6. Add the focal flower, the largest flower (Hydrangea) into the arrangement. Cherry pick the Hydrangea before you add to the arrangement, choosing where is best to place the blooms in the design. For example, place the biggest bloom - draws the eye to the centre of the arrangement. 

  7. Depending on the type of arrangement that you are creating will depend on how much greenery to remove from the stems of the flowers i.e. rustic / country garden theme compared to a linear, minimalist design. 

  8. You will naturally see the gaps in the design, now add the spray roses to the design. 
  9. Reinforce the colour of the spray roses with the Astilbe to the roses. Slit the stems of the Astilbe to increase the surface area to allow them to drink more water as they do not thrive well in foam.