Flower Arranging Tips from Our Favorite Brooklyn Florist

Brittany Asch shares her fool-proof advice for the perfect spring bouquet

Brittany Asch of BRRCH Floral. Photo by David Land. 
Brittany Asch of BRRCH Floral. Photo by David Land. 

Brittany Asch founded BRRCH floral in the fall of 2012, and after appearing on Lonny's April 2013 cover, has since become a favorite of Vogue staffers, top models, and one major pop star who shall remain nameless. Her loose, modern arrangements, inspired by Dutch Master painters and Tim Walker images, ooze romance in their every twist and curve. As we dip our toes into the warm waters of spring, let her flower-arranging wisdom (detailed below) be our guide to infusing natural beauty into our lives during the months to come. 

Flower Arranging Tips from Our Favorite Brooklyn Florist
Flower Arranging Tips from Our Favorite Brooklyn Florist

1. Start with greens as your base, creating the foundation for your arrangement, then add color in doses—as with the pink ranunculus above. 

2. Leave room for each flower to breathe, letting a few stems pop out for a natural look. White Muscari, above right, looks especially poignant in small doses, tumbling here from a trumpet-shaped vase by ceramicist Frances Palmer

3. Don't rely on your typical vase—experiment with household items like mason jars and antique pitchers (as seen below on a farm table spread with linen). "I like fruit cups, teacups, tagines, umbrella stands, and lined baskets," says Asch. "You can use anything with a wide mouth or a footed base."

Flower Arranging Tips from Our Favorite Brooklyn Florist

4. Strip most of the foliage off of a stem leaving a little near the top, helping your bouquet look fuller without clouding the water.

Flower Arranging Tips from Our Favorite Brooklyn Florist

5. Cut stems at an angle to allow for more surface area for the flower to drink. 

6. Don't shy away from asymmetry. When creating an arrangement of a single flower type, keep the stems long to highlight the movement of each individual bloom. 

7. Play with texture. Branches pair well with statement flowers like peonies and roses, and feathery grasses complement wildflowers like poppies and chamomile.

I'm the former Style Editor at Lonny.
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