Floral arrangements can be a little intimidating, especially with a beautiful bouquet of fresh roses as your base. We’re sharing our easy-to-use tips to create a truly magnificent arrangement.


Roses have always been one of our favorite flowers and it may be because both of our mothers had beautiful bushes of them when we were growing up. An arrangement of fresh roses is a welcome addition to any home and, with these tips, so easy to construct and care for:

  • While a monochromatic arrangement is stunning, we suggest selecting roses in more than one color for a more unique look. However, ensure that whatever colors you choose accent one another properly.
  • Fill your clean vase or container with room temperature water and the “flower food” that is typically provided with the bouquets. Allow the food to dissolve completely before creating your arrangement.
  • Be sure to remove any petals that may look brown or, as Rob says, are “not so pretty.” Doing so can also extend the life of your flowers.
  • We suggest removing most (if not all) of the leaves. This makes the roses easier to arrange and gives them a much cleaner look.
  • Flower stems should always be cut with scissors or a sharp knife while the end is either in or under running water. This prevents any excess air from entering into the stems and harming the flowers. While it’s pretty standard to cut the stems at a 45-degree angle about 1-2 inches from the end, you don’t want them too long. Use the height of your vase or container as the guide to where you trim the stems.
  • Place your tallest and straightest stems in your vase first. Work down from there with height, trimming your roses as necessary to create a full arrangement. While most arrangements are constructed to be viewed from all sides, there is also typically a “front” that is viewed more than the others. Your prettiest and most open roses should always be front and center.
  • Grouping stems together and securing them with a rubber band is especially helpful if your vase is tall and narrow.
  • If you like to use filler flowers (such as baby’s breath), trim them so that they sit lower into your arrangement. Remember, the roses are the true star and should be taller.
  • Keep your roses in a cool location, away from heat and direct sunlight. Avoid placing them near ripening fruit or vegetables, such as bananas and apples.
  • To get more life of our your roses, trim the stems and change the water daily. Be sure to use room temperature water and add a new packet of flower food, if available. You can also create your own flower food with this basic at-home recipe: Mix together 1 quart water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon bleach.
  • You can even place your roses in the refrigerator overnight to keep them fresh and bright. This is also a great idea if you’ll be away from home for a couple of days.
  • As flowers begin to die, remove them to prevent bacteria that will kill the other flowers.

ORANGE & FIELD TIP: While a lush, full arrangement is beautiful to look at, be careful not to overfill your container.