Types of flowers in each bouquet

Regardless of the style of bouquet that you choose, when ordering fresh flowers, you will notice that your florist will use various blooms. Each type of flower is carefully placed and positioned in order to fulfill a particular purpose. Below you will find out more about the different types of flowers used in various displays.

Focal flowers

As you may have realised, these blooms are used as the main focal point of the flower arrangement. The types of flowers used as focal blooms are supposed to be the brightest, largest and boldest in the bunch. Of course, if you have a colourful bouquet, you can also use pure white blooms to create a contrasting focal point. Some of the best options include carnations, roses and lilies.

Line flowers

The role of these types of flowers is to define the shape of the bouquet. For this reason, they need to have long stems and they are often placed at the back of a bouquet that will be set on a table facing out towards the rest of the room. Some of the best choices include delphiniums, snapdragons and gladiolus.

Mass and filler blooms

These two types of flowers are quite similar and they can each vary in size depending on the overall size of the bouquet. Smaller arrangements, for instance, can use baby’s breath as a filler. However, if you have a huge display, these small flowers will get lost so it’s better to use small varieties of chrysanthemums or even spray carnations.


Your bouquet does not only consist of different types of flowers. You should also include some foliage. Not only will this help fill up your bouquet, but it will also give your blooms a lovely backdrop so they will really stand out. Ideally, you should use two to three types of foliage in your arrangement for a natural look.

The types of flowers you choose for mass and fillers will depend on the blooms you select as focal flowers. Once you have all your blooms selected, you can then choose your foliage. Remember, you should only add as many stems as your vase can hold. Do not try to force too many stems into a small or narrow vase.