20 Form Flowers You Need to Be Designing With. Amy Balsters from The Floral Coach smiles as she holds a bunch of flowers against her chest while gazing at the floral arrangement she did in front of her.

20 Form Flowers You Need to Be Designing With

What Are Form Flowers? 

Out of the 5 elements of floral design: line, color, form, space, and texture – form is essentially the shape an arrangement takes. Therefore, form flowers are often the statement shape pieces of an arrangement. 

Form flowers are the most distinctive flowers within a design and are typically the most eye-catching. They are placed in the focal area of an arrangement because of their unusual shape and ability to draw attention. Form flowers are often vibrant, sizable, and dramatic. More often than not, they are the most expensive flowers in an arrangement. 

The Flower Equation: How Form Flowers Are Used in Floral Design

Form flowers develop the focal point of the arrangement. They are the first step to any good floral design. Next, mass flowers are added to create visual weight to an arrangement. Lastly, filler flowers are added last to help with any finishing touches.

20 Form Flowers You Need to Be Designing With. Close up of a floral arrangement in a black vase

Rule of Thumb When Using Form Flowers

Because form flowers are the first step and therefore the foundation in the ‘flower equation’ – it’s vital that they are used correctly. Here is a rule of thumb when it comes to using form flowers: 

Do not crowd them. The famous age-old saying “less is more” is extremely helpful to consider when using these flowers. Use them sparingly!

20 Form Flowers to Design With 

1. Strelitzia 

This exotic and distinctive flower is most commonly known for its strikingly bright colors. Otherwise known as the “bird-of-paradise”, this form flower consists of captivating yellows, bold blues, and fierce oranges on its petals. If you’re looking for a statement – the strelitzia would be the perfect choice.

Close up image of birds of paradise or Strelitzia, a form flower

2. Protea

Famous for its long lasting vase time with shape and color lasting up to 3 weeks, the protea resembles a fun mix between a rose and an artichoke. It can grow up to 8 inches in width and has gorgeous hues of pink, purple, and red. 

Pink Protea flower, a form flower, laid against a white backdrop

3. Anthurium

This form flower is definitely one of the more interesting ones! With its neon red color, heart shaped appearance, and uncanny resemblance to a tongue – it stands apart from the crowd. It grows on rainforest trees and has an almost leather-like texture to its petals. 

A cluster of red and white anthuriums, a form flower

4. Iris

A bright ray of sunshine yellow – the iris flower is sure to be a showstopper in your next floral arrangement. Its petals are elegantly curved in mesmerizing ripples with inner traces of white and its stems are barely seen from above. The iris is a great option to place closer to the rim of a vase because of the illusion of space it creates.  

Purple irises, a form flower, in the garden

5. Dutch Iris 

The dutch iris, also known as hollandica, has silky white and purple petals that split to hang downwards on the side. This beautiful form flower can stand up to 24” tall – a perfect fit to place in the middle of a container. The dutch iris is one of the most commonly used florist flowers. I can see why!

Blue and yellow dutch iris flowers in the field

6. Rubrum Lily

With enchanting shades of pink, white, and red – this fragrant form flower reaches up to 6” across. Blooming in late-summer, the rubrum lily has a beautiful appearance. 

Close up of rubrum lily, a form flower

7. Asiatic Lily

This specific lily offers a vast collection of colors, ranging anywhere from gentle pinks to vibrant oranges and reds. They have spotted blossoms that are scattered across bowl-shaped or recurved petals. 

White asiatic lily against a white backdrop

8. Cattleya Orchid

These jaw-dropping orchids are some of the resilient form flowers out there. If you’re looking for a bright pink fuchsia color to add to your arrangements – this is the flower. 

Close up of purple hybrid cattleya orchid, a form flower

9. Hydrangea 

Coming in shades of purple, pink, and blue – hydrangeas can bloom anywhere between early spring to late autumn and are absolutely divine.   

A bunch of purple and pink hydrangeas, a form flower

10. Freesia

One of the more dainty flowers to work with and easily one of the prettiest, freesias have long sword-like leaves and branched stems that reach 4” to 16” in height. In fact, freesias can last up to a week in a vase. White, blue, and yellow freesias lasting up to 3 weeks. 

A bunch of freesia arranged in a white printed vase

11. Celosia

Ranking top among the brightest of form flowers is this exquisite flower. Celosia produces a radiant red color that moves up into a gathered point of petals. These form flowers are known to represent “burning” and “warmth”. 

A celosia cristata flower that blooms like a candle in a pointed shape

12. Hybrid Tea Rose 

This rose is easily considered one of the most gorgeous form flowers to work with. Its petals showcase a beautiful blend of white and pink, pink and red or even sometimes pink and yellow. This stunning form flower was first created by crossbreeding perpetuals with tea roses. 

Faint pink hybrid tea roses in the garden

13. Sunflower 

A well-known classic amongst flowers – the sunflower is the perfect addition to any floral arrangement and is considered the epitome of a form flower. Indeed, its bright yellow color and unique appearance demand attention, not to mention its eye-catching shape. 

Close up of a sunflower, a well-known classic form flower

14. Dahlia

When it comes to astonishing shapes – the dahlia does not disappoint. This impressive form flower erupts into many miniature triangles, stacked against one another, resulting in a multi-dimensional shape. 

Dhalias, a form flower, laid out on the table with clippers

15. Peruvian Lily

This lily is native to South America and has a very dramatic shape. Its petals work to create a scoop-like effect and it comes in red, yellow, white, pink, orange, and purple.

Yellow and orange Peruvian lilies, a form flower

16. Tuberose

These form flowers are famous for their intoxicating scent. Sweet to smell and soft to the touch – tuberoses are some of the most interestingly shaped form flowers to work with. They are typically white and their petals shoot out from the stem to form a 6 pointed star. 

A bunch of Tuberose bloom form flowers

17. Cymbidium Orchid

Often referred to as ‘boat orchids’ – cymbidium orchids have sprays of blooms on spikes that can last anywhere from 1 to 3 months! These orchids come in an array of bright pinks and creamy whites. 

Close up of Cymbidium orchids, a form flower

18. Lily of the Nile 

These striking lilies are magnificently blue. Much like the shape of the tuberose, the lily of the Nile shoots out from the stem into a trumpet-like shape. These trumpets join together to form a rather large spherical cluster that is extremely pleasing to the eye. 

Close up of a purple lily of the nile flower

19. Spider Mum

I’m sure you can guess by the name, but the spider mum is an unusually shaped flower. With petals that bear an uncanny resemblance to a spider’s legs – this form flower is a breathtaking wonder. 

White spider mum, a form flower

20. Calla Lily

Finally, the last form flower for this list is the special calla lily. This lily is an extraordinary flower that’s shaped like a miniature bowl and available in many different colors.

Close up of white calla lily with dew drops

Final Thoughts on Form Flowers 

Now that you have a better idea of what form flowers are, how to use them, and the different types to work with – I hope you’ll enjoy taking your floral game to the next level! 

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