How to Care for a Mixed Flower Composition

There are several tips and tricks you can follow when it comes to caring for a mixed flower composition, whether it’s in form of a bouquet or something for an interior or exterior space. With a little creativity and careful matching of blooms, it’s possible to produce a real showstopper.

For best results, vary the heights of blooms. By combining three or four varying heights, it’s possible to give your bouquet, centrepiece or table arrangement an aesthetically-pleasing structure. If you’re creating an outdoor composition, place smaller shrubs and flowers in front of taller plants too.

Alongside these top tips, there are a number of other ways to create a great mixed flower composition too, some of which we’ve detailed below. You’ll also need to care for the blooms to ensure they thrive and make your design all the more spectacular.

Luckily, we have the care tips you need too!

Key care techniques

As with any indoor blooms, it’s important to care for your mixed flower composition properly in order for them to thrive. There are numerous ways you can do that, and it starts with what you choose to put them in! The size of the vase or container used should influence the length of the stems and should have enough space for all of them.

If you have taller stems, you’ll need a higher vase to support them, otherwise, they may droop over time. Another top care tip is to give your blooms the chance to adjust to room temperature before adding them to water, as this reduces the potential shock from a rapid change in the environment.

In order to help your blooms last slightly longer, you should trim the stems at an angle using a set of clean scissors, knife or secateurs. This can be done around 2-3 cm above the current tip of the stem. You should also remove any excess leaves on the lower parts of the stems.

These will rot if under the water level so by trimming them you can keep the water cleaner for slightly longer. Plants also lose water via their excess leaves, so removing them also reduces the likelihood of your blooms becoming dehydrated as quickly. Of course, ditching the leaves is more aesthetically pleasing too.

Use fresh or filtered water initially, and make sure you top it up every few days to help your flower composition thrive. Add fertilizer to the vase too if you want to prolong the life of your blooms, although be careful not to add too much as this may have the opposite effect than desired.

If you don’t have any fertilizer to hand, you can also make it yourself by adding citric acid to water. Different blooms will require different amounts of citric acid, so make sure you do your research first.

Other key care tips include regularly moistening or spraying the leaves of your flowers in order to increase their water intake, although you should also avoid spraying the flowers if possible.

Look to keep flowers away from breezes and indoor draughts too, as well as from radiators and air conditioning units. By taking these simple steps, hopefully, your mixed flower composition will be able to thrive.

Getting creative with mixed compositions

Add some simple splashes of colour to your mixed flower composition to make it really stand out. Opt for plants of the same hue, shape and type, grouping them together to create an aesthetically pleasing display that complements the theme of the occasion.

For best results, restrict yourself to two or three different hues, this way you will be able to see what works best together.

Annuals are great gap fillers when creating table, bouquet and centre-piece arrangements. Similarly, rich green leaves, grasses and faux flowers can also be used with real blooms to create bigger, more impressive bouquets that last a great deal longer.

Alternatively, take inspiration from picture-perfect local wildflowers, as they often glow against a sea of greenery.

Opt for an eclectic display

Instead of sticking to one shade, choose an array of different coloured blooms and different species of flowers for your wedding bouquet or centrepiece. This guarantees to make an otherwise minimalist space pop!

From reds and pinks to flowers that have been dyed a shade of bright blue, there are numerous colours to choose from. You can even add a floral element to the table design by adding blooms to place cards and napkin holders.

Remember that the best care you can give your blooms is going back to basics. Simple actions such as replacing the water regularly and trimming the stems can make a big difference and can massively increase the lifespan of your mixed flower composition.

Best of luck getting creative!


Lily Calyx is our in-house flower whisperer, an expert on all things botanical and an enthusiastic orchids collector. She loves discussing the insights of the secret world of flowers, shares her gardening tips and hacks and moons over the latest additions to Serenata Flowers flower range. Ask Lily anything about flowers and we can guarantee she will have the answer.

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