What is Greening?
The “greening” is a term that florists use to explain the process of adding foliage to a flower arrangement. This is usually the first step in the design process, since most florists use greening as an opportunity to create the shape of their design. It can be thought of as providing the foundation, structure, architecture or design. Greening is also important, as the foliage provides the support necessary for the flowers to stand in a container. In addition, when you use the floral foam, foliage is used to cover the mechanics of a design.
What Type of Foliage Can Be Used For the Greening?
Although there are a few staples in the floral industry (such as leather and lemon leaf), there is as much variety in the foliage available today, there is no answer to this question. A lot of designers have used herbs and foraged greens for their designs. Research food your greens is an excellent way to reduce the costs of your arrangement. The greens are everywhere, and the possibilities for foraging are also great. Keep your eye out for interesting foliage for your arrangements. Using two or three different types of green vegetables, with different textures and shades of green, adds interest, movement and depth to a design.
How Green Vase Arrangement:
The first step is to determine the length of each rod you place in the vase. The general rule is that your arrangement is 1-1.5 times the height + width of your container. Select three rods to start and cut the longest stem with the help of the above formula. Then, cut the second step-2/3 of the length of the longest stem. Finally, cut the third of the rod close to 2/3 of the length of the longest stem (you don’t want to be too specific, and even a small difference in length adds dimension to your room).
For a 3-sided, standard-shaped arrangement, place the longest stem in the middle of the vase, and the shorter stems on each side of the longer stem. The use of these three pieces is the skeleton of your arrangement. Cut the rest of your greens to fill in between the three main stems.
Now that you have your vegetables, you can add your flowers, by continuing to use the form that you set with your greens as a guide for the flower placement.
It provides the architecture of your design, providing a support for your flowers to stay in place, and also the coverage of the mechanics of floral foam designs. Mastering greening is not overnight, and takes patience and practice. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and use your mistakes as learning opportunities.