One of the most useful designs for filling large spaces is the phoenix design. The name comes from an ancient Egyptian legend of a colorful bird called a Phoenix. It lives in the desert for hundreds of years and then self ignites. When the ashes rise to heaven another Phoenix is reborn. Thus, it symbolizes rebirth and immortality.
I like this design for event spaces, altar designs, and large outdoor containers. We teach it in the Advanced 1 class at Longwood Gardens and it is a favorite because of the abundance of beautiful roses and other flowers. Seasonally the flower choices shift from flowering branches in spring to gladiolus in summer, birch branches for autumn and ilex berries for winter arrangements.
Best of all, this design is relatively easy to achieve with the classic round arrangement at the base and a triangular placement of branches or tall flowers in the center. I remember a quote from an art teacher who said, “Life is short, why don’t you do something easier.” I think of her when doing this showy but not difficult design.
Great for parties and events, the phoenix design gives added height without using volumes of flowers.
Give this design a try. It is fun and very showy.