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How to Arrange Flowers in a Jug in a Relaxed Meadow Style

Alex Barton, Florist and Flower Workshop Teacher

How to Arrange Flowers in a Jug in a Relaxed Meadow Style

Alex Barton, Florist and Flower Workshop Teacher

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7 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Intro and Hello from Alex

    • 2. Your Flowers in a Jug Project

    • 3. Choosing Flowers and Colours

    • 4. Prepping Flowers to Last Longer

    • 5. Arranging Foliage First

    • 6. Flower Arranging in the Jug

    • 7. Finishing Up and Final Thoughts

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In this flower workshop you’ll learn how to arrange flowers in a jug in a meadow style.

I’ll show you how to choose your flowers, ways to prepare your flowers so they last longer and how to arrange the foliage and flowers in the jug so they mimic a meadow look. This project is great if you’re arranging flowers as a hobby, creating wedding flowers, putting together flowers for a party or even if you want to relax and find a creative way to use your hands and bring nature into your home all at once.

Gain floral skills so next time you’re given flowers as a gift or pick some up from the shop, you’ll arrange them in water with confidence and you’ll also have the techniques to keep them lasting as long as possible.


Taking the time to prepare flowers and place them in an arrangement is an act of mindfulness which is a soothing remedy for our busy lives. In this post on my blog all about the benefits of flowers, I talk about how flowers are so rewarding when we have a go at arranging them. 

This is a beginner level class and I’ll take you through each of the flower arranging stages. If you do have any questions, you can contact me here on Instagram @WebbandFarrer or share your work in the project gallery. 

Throughout the class you’ll learn:

  • florist conditioning skills
  • how to choose your colour palette
  • what the best flower sizes are for the arrangement
  • flower names
  • flower arranging

You’ll then use all these skills to arrange the flowers in the jug to create a wild and meadowy feel.

In the flower workshop I’ll show you the ways to use different flower sizes to reflect a countryside meadow look.

This relaxed project is great if you love a natural and rustic look with your flowers. I also chose to use a jug as the vessel to hold the flowers because I feel like we’ve all got a jug in the kitchen cupboard that we use for Summer drinks.

Your finished jug design will look beautiful on the kitchen table, as a centre piece at a dinner party and adds a relaxed countryside look. Another way you can use the skills you’ll learn in the class is to arrange flowers in all sorts of vases and vessels you’ve got around your home. The same method applies to lots of other vases and vintage pots you might have in your cupboards or on display.

To get the most from this project, relax when you’re putting your design together and if your jug arrangement is more wild-look than you’d originally expected just pretend you wanted to go very rustic all along.

My name’s Alex and I'm the founder of Webb and FarrerI’ve been working with flowers for 7 years. My favourite parts of the job are creating wedding flowers and teaching workshops.

I started my career in flowers when I took a flower arranging class in London for fun and 7 years later I’m teaching my own workshops.


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Alex Barton

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Hello, I’m Alex and I’m a florist in Brighton, England.

I’ve been working with flowers since 2014 but my passion for flowers started when I was small and made rose petal ‘perfume' in my family garden. My clients laugh when I can name all the flowers they show me pictures of, but knowing what they're all called is my version of knowing everyone's name in the office. Having worked in flower shops in London and Bristol, I’ve made floral arrangements for BBC TV and Wimbledon Tennis players.

The name Webb and Farrer came about because Webb is my Grandma Jean’s maiden name and Farrer is my Grandma Olive’s maiden name. I wanted to use their names so I’d have them with me all the time and to remind me... See full profile

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1. Intro and Hello from Alex: Hi, My name's Alex and I'm the founder of Webb and Farrer, I've been a florist for 7 years and my favourite part of my job is teaching flower workshops. I took a flower workshop myself seven years ago when I was starting out and I absolutely loved it. I started working with flowers from there and now here I am, teaching my own workshops. In this workshop I'm going to show you how to arrange meadow style flowers in a jug. You'll be learning florist skills along the way and I'm going to be taking you through step by step. This looks so nice on the kitchen table, is great as a centre piece for a dinner party and it's just a lovely way to bring the outdoors in. We're going to be creating a really beautiful countryside sort of look. And another way you can use these skills is by using lots of different vessels and vases and bottles that you've got around the house. The same theory applies to those two. This protect's great for you if you're arranging flowers as a hobby, if you're creating wedding flowers or even if you want to cut some flowers and foliage from your garden and arrange them for your kitchen table at home. This jug arrangement tutorial is also brilliant if you want to relax and find a creative way to use your hands and bring nature inside all at once. This is a beginner level class, and I'm going to take you through each of the stages. I'm here to guide you through step by step. We're going be learning florist conditioning skills, how to choose the different sizes of flowers were going to go for, what kind of colour palette you might decide to use, and you're also going to be learning some flower names. We'll then use all those skills to create a meadow look flower arrangement in your jug to enjoy home. 2. Your Flowers in a Jug Project: So today's class project is to follow along with the steps I show you and create your own meadow look flower arrangement in a jug. This project's great if you love the rustic, natural kind of look with your flowers. And I chose to go for a jug for the design because I feel like we've all got a jug at home in our kitchen cupboard that we use for Summer drinks. To get the most from this project: Relax when you're arranging your flowers, and if the whole thing turns out way more wild look than you already thought just pretend you decided to go with the rustic theme all along. I'm going to be showing you some florist techniques so that your flowers can last as long as possible. The reason that we follow all the conditioning steps and preparing steps is to make sure that our flowers look their absolute best. Before diving into the main lesson some helpful things that you could do are: fill up your clean jug with water I've gone to about 2/3 full here, and you can also make sure you've got all your flowers and foliage together with you. It's also really handy if you can get a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs. 3. Choosing Flowers and Colours: In this chapter, I'll show you what you'll need for the design. I'll also show you what kind of flowers to go for to create that meadow, fluffy, frothy look. We'll also be looking at the sizes of flowers that are going to give a really nice balance. And also we're going to think about what kind of colour palette we're going to go for. So when we walk across a meadow, the look we get is lovely fluffy cloud-like flowers with dashes and splashes of colour. So to mimic that look, we're going to go for four different groups of flowers. We've got focal flower, secondary flower, filler flowers and point flowers. And we're also going to be using foliage. So first, we're going to be creating a framework for the design using foliage. I've got small leafed foliage here just to break up the design and keep it really fluffy and textured rather than too solid and bulky. I got some beautiful sarcococca which has lovely, dark, small, glossy pointed leaves. And I've also got mock orange which is called mock orange because it smells lovely and fragrant, just like oranges. To add depth and texture throughout the design we're going to be using different sized flowers to bring our eyes into the design and also add really big lovely splashes of colour. I'm starting with focal flowers and the ones I've chosen are these amazing ranunculus. And I really love how they've opened up with a black centre and they almost look a bit like a poppy that you would find in a meadow. So going from our large focal flower, we're then gonna be going down into our secondary flower, which is a medium sized flower. I've got a few of these for this job and if I reach round I've got beautiful anemones, which are in all sorts of different pops of colour. And I've also got some really nice rose buds which will eventually open up to be a little bit bigger. Now we're gonna be going on to our pointed shape flowers. These are the flowers that really draw your eye in and out of your bouquet, I went like that, sorry, in and out of your bouquet. and for this I've chosen a variety of flowers. I've gone for lupins that literally point your eye outwards. I've also got some beautiful snapdragons which have their name because if you squeeze him, they open up like a dragon. And then I'm also gonna be using foxgloves. Now, foxgloves in particular are poisonous and some of the other flowers you're using might be too. So make sure you wash your hands and keep these out of reach of children and pets. And now onto probably the most important flowers for a meadow look arrangement. And those are the beautiful, fluffy filler flowers. I've got this really beautiful, white laced flower called orlaya, which gives a beautiful, fluffy meadowy cow parsley look. And then I've also gone for this really beautiful, fluffy love in a mist. These are actually in bud at the moment, but they're gonna open out to be a lovely, beautiful blue colour.. Then I've got these tiny alliums. I'll get them out for you. And they're a really lovely pink colour and they're actually part of the onion family. When it comes to choosing the colours of your meadow flowers, it's really handy to start with the base of white and green and then add your medium splash of color, and then you're smaller dashes of colour. So I've gone for pink as my medium dash of colour, and then the smaller colour that I'm going to be adding in are blues, purples and a little pop of red just to bring out the vibrancy of the pink. I've chosen to go for those colours, because I think they work really nicely with my white jug and it's Spring so these kind of flowers are available at the moment and I thought I'd go with the colour of the season. Another thing to do with choosing the colour is that if your jug has any kind of detail or design or pattern on it, and that's a certain colour, it's really nice to link your flowers through with that design. If you're thinking you might want to go for more of a bright, vibrant colour pop look with your meadow flowers, choose two or three particular colours and stick with those . They can even clash, that's totally fine, but it's easier just to choose 2 or 3 and then they work really well with that green and white base. So have a think about the kind of colours you'd love to include in your project. 4. Prepping Flowers to Last Longer: So now we've looked at, choosing our flowers, the size of flowers and the colour palette you wanna go for. We're now gonna condition our flowers, which basically means we're going to prepare the flowers for water so they're looking their ultimate best, and they're drinking up all the water that they can, and they last for as long as possible because that's important. So it's really important that as soon as you've brought your flowers home that you condition them. That means that the flowers can drink up lots of water, especially if they've been out of water whilst being in transit. So to start preparing and conditioning your flowers, you'll need clean glasses or vases of water. I've already conditioned some of these flowers that you can see in the vases, but I've got a few stems here that I'll show you how to condition yourself. So part of conditioning your flowers is taking off the leaves that are gonna be going below the water line, which is likely to be about here. The reason we do that is the leaves in the water make it go brown and murky, and that's not great for the flowers to drink up. So I'm gently plucking the leaves off by pulling downwards. - And also any funny little twiggy bits that are sticking out or broken off stems. Take those off too. When your stem is nice and clear and you've got rid of your leaves, we can then cut our stem at an angle. And put that straight into the water. So it's a fresh cut and the flower can drink up as much water, as quickly as possible. And the reason I cut at an angle is that if we cut straight, the flower stem would be flat against the vase and the water would find it really hard to get through. But if I cut at an angle, it opens up the space that the water can flow through. And that means that the flower can have lots more water. I'm gonna condition these amazing ranunculus which have opened up beautifully. I love the dark centre. Again, I'm taking off the leaves and the little stemming bits that I don't want to be on the flower. This stem branches off, I'm just gonna leave that how it is for now. I think that's really beautiful, the structure's really nice. and I'm gonna cut the stem at and angle and put that straight into the water. I'm gonna do the same with this ranunculus - just removing the leaves, lovely clear stem, and cutting that. And if you were gonna cut the stem and then leave it out of water, the end of the stem would dry up. And that would make it much more difficult for that flower to drink up the water. And then finally, I'm going to show you how I condition roses. These ones are particularly thorny and prickly at the bottom so you can use a thorn remover contraption. But I'm just going to show you how to do it with scissors because you're more likely to have these at home. So what you do is you look down the stem and choose where you want to remove those thorns and just gently cut those away because you really don't wanna hurt yourself on those on these ones, they're particularly small and spikey. And then I will take off some of these rose leaves. But I do find them really beautiful so I'm definitely keeping the ones at the top. Just gonna pluck off gently, pulling downwards. There we go and cutting at an angle again of course, and that's gonna go straight into the water to drink. A handy tip for you, if you really need your flowers to open up faster, taking off lots of the leaves from the stems of that flower will mean that the water focuses and concentrates up in that flower and won't be heading off in the direction of all the leaves. So for flowers, particularly like roses, you can take off more of those leaves and that encourages the water to flow up and open the flower. So I've shown you how to prepare and condition your flowers so they'll last as long as possible and be drinking up all that lovely fresh water and looking their absolute best in your jug arrangement. In the next chapter, we're gonna be arranging foliage in the jug, and it creates a natural structure for us to put all of our flowers into. In your project, have a go at conditioning and preparing the flowers that you've brought back home from the shop. or the florists. And remember to take off those leaves just below the water line so that the water doesn't go brown and mushy, and cut those stems at an angle. 5. Arranging Foliage First: Now I'm gonna show you how agile foliage into your drug to create a natural bring work for us to have the flowers into later. This is really handy, and it stops everything for moving around too much. So my phone, which has being conditioned just like the flowers I removed the leaves and cups ends at an angle and put those into this walls of water. So they're having a lovely drink. Are many boosting themselves up. And I filled my water up to 2/3 and we're going to be good to go. So I'm gonna start with my soccer copper, and you could use something like Oscars, eucalyptus or lovely fresh herbs. And anything that's light and fluffy with smaller leaves is perfect for the meadow. Look on. Some of my standards are absolutely huge. And there's loads coming off one, as you can see. So I'm gonna be cutting this down into sections so we get locked from one stem. Really? Good deal going to start with this largest M is gonna cut that off on as I'm working. I'm just still gonna be taking off a few of those leads because they might be going into the water. This one's a bit long, so I'm gonna cut that down feasible and that's you're going. You can play around if you put stemming. And you think, Well, that's way too big. Take out again week after Take off some of the leaves if you need to pop it back in things that stand trial and now and see if it seems it fits into the size of your bottles and again gonna be cutting off another stems from the larger chunk from meeting some of those aides. And that's gonna go. So I'm just adding as I go and it will begin to take shape. The natural shape on angle of the leaves will really help me along and create beautiful lines and direction as I'm working I beside at the front as well. On the reason that I'm going for different angles with Vote Ege is that it's gonna draw our eye in and out of the design, and it just gives it a lot more interest in depth on go to be, including this larger piece in as one, because I think it's gonna be really handy for me later when I need lots of different places to slop through the flower stamps that straight the job. And I'm gonna have these final three stems as they are. So cut him to three. Pop them in. I'm lost your arranging your flowers. Later. You can move your phone it around. This isn't the bill or indoor. So now we're going to the mock orange and you could use something like blossom or beach not be really beautiful And countryside. So this piece is particularly large if I can wrestle up free. So what I'm gonna do is get two for one from this one. So I'm gonna cut this particularly long piece. It's probably going above and beyond. I'm gonna cut that off, right the base here, and that's gonna go straight into the design. I already you can kind of tell when I put that stem in. It's held up by everything else we've put in. And that's what we're going for with foliage villages, a beautiful green backdrop for all colors we're gonna add. But it's also very handy and helpful tool when we're flower arranging and now the rest of this abuse for peace off more courage. I'm just gonna cup the seven keep it a similar length to what it already is cutting it and I'm goes on. I'm gonna play some in here because I would like it to drink up. It's what you can do with particularly wild foliage stems, and you can thread thes down on through your design and push them around the other leaves. You've already got in there just the whole thing. Replace a little bit more, and it also helps you handle them outwards, drawing your eye through and across the arrangement. I'm now gonna add in a few more off this beautiful, more Corange. Some of these stems are a little bit smaller and shorter. So what I'm gonna do is cut them at an angle and I'm gonna nestle these down and around the edge off the job this one's gonna go from. And the reason I'm nestling it down is to make sure that that Boston will. That stem gets in contact with the water that's in the jug because we don't want anything missing out on drinking water. I'm gonna carry on to the final stems. This has got a lovely, drapey peace on it, so I'm just gonna put a hit out. I'm going to the job design. Enjoy your eye out that way. This piece go at the front and you could rearrange things when you put them in. If you're not happy with how it looks, just stuff that around and you can take things out and put them back in again. Cut them down a bit. Feel like that too long we're gonna nestle this short piece here in the side and there we go. That's awfully is done. And we've made that really helpful on handy framework off foliage for when we're gonna be putting the flowers in next. And also what's happened is we've used those stems of leaves to create lines that we cannot follow with our flowers later on. We're drawing the eye through, in, across and in and out on. It just gives so much more interest on depth to this Metarie arrangement. So in your projects at this stage, why don't try adding your own foliage to create your lovely stable foundation Off leaves on next, we're gonna be doing flower arranging. Keep sharing your work on the project gallery because I love seeing how you get on. And if you have any questions, then just let me know 6. Flower Arranging in the Jug: So far we've conditioned are flowers and foliage on. We've also arranged foliage in the jug. Now it's time to add the flowers on. We're gonna be starting with our focal Ziaur. And that was our biggest flower on. I've got ridiculous. You can see here and I absolutely love them. Thes ad Really beautiful big splashes of color into your design. So what I'm gonna do is couple stem angle. You're going to get sick of me saying that I am placing these in C arrangements quite sporadically on. That means that the color is scattered all the way through. I'm gonna be taking these flowers out one or two at a time, which means that they're gonna be drinking water continuously. What you probably want to avoid is taking all those flowers out, putting them on to the table because the delicate petals might be damaged whilst their name on the top of the work surface. It also takes great if you can group a couple of these flowers together because that way you get even more impact with the colors on the shape. I'm gonna keep adding these into the design. I'm probably going to go for a number of them just because that always looks more natural on thinking I'm gonna go for seven, but we'll see how that looks on. This one's got a beautiful angle which takes your eye out, then following on with that for you. Actually, this one's got these beautiful butts on them. I cut this one off on going to keep these two on, cut the stand, and that's gonna be putting here, and I'm spreading it through the podiatry. Already going to design just waking up in like so I'm gonna add this, but I call this is quite short. So I'm gonna put that down at the front of the design like that that comes out there really nicely silhouetted against the pink off the other room. Oculus. I think I'm gonna go for a couple more of these because it's a metal design. We don't want to go for too much solid color. I don't even though the flowers on water I am re cutting system. This Bernanke laces up beside If I turn it, you can still see it because they want a front facing job arrangement. But all the same, you might be moving around It's nice to have a few pieces of color either side. And now I'm onto my find over numberless. I'm thinking I'm gonna cut this one quite short because it's gonna be going in the front off the drug design. I'm gonna nestle that in other from right on the rim, off the jug that brings your eye into the arrangement. So that's the focal flowers done on next up our secondary flowers, which are those ones, are a medium to small sized. Before I start, I do want to just move this piece of foliage because you can't see this flower. There we go. And if you didn't want to make it all round design, you could just pop a few flowers in at the back. But I'm creating a forward facing one. The secondary flowers really add footsteps of color throughout the design. So I'm just gonna scatter these through and kind of go wild and rustic. Look with them on. We're going to start with the bro's butts because I think you should got beautiful lines in the which you're gonna just work really well the angles that we've already made. And I'm just nestling the flowers into the arrangement on finding little gaps and gently wiggling the stems in. I was going to come down with front. I think this is quite nice. No one. Lots of angles on it. So I'm gonna put that one in here. One Los Reyes I forgot about gonna cut. That's them. I'm thinking this one should go in front because it's questionable on what You can also just lift up something of ours to give some space. And I'm gonna nestle this one down at the front of the design, pleading with the let one in. I'm gonna have a look at the arrangement, See if there are any gaps where I can ask the rest of the second DRI flowers and these of those and enemies I talked about earlier. I haven't seen there a couple of places where things were really great. I'm definitely gonna at this one opened up so beautifully, just gonna cut at an angle. And I'm not cutting off too much system because I don't want to reduce the length going to nestle this one up in here. And I'm definitely also gonna add some of these pops of color this red one in particular. It's quite short. So it is gonna go down at the from no one in here. And what I'm doing is when it starts to get more full, I'm pushing from the base of the stem. Not that's cute. On a couple of the free ones will work reading, I say as well. And I'm gonna group these together on this side. My final one enemy. I think I might leave those, but I can always put those in little bottles off something around the house so they won't go to waste. It's time for pointed flowers on. What I'm gonna be doing is just emphasizing some of the lines I've already made with luggage. So we got this very beautiful new pin, which is a lovely purple color. I'm going to put that on this side with him on This reflects the color off that an enemy. So we've got a journey through the arrangement from this side to that side. I really love the way that the colors reflected through the design. It's gonna put this Lupin over on this side because it is a bit higher. It's pointing up for it's fish excite and that is joined in with its color friends, which is beautiful. Time for books loves. No. I'm thinking I'm going to go in here on because we've got a wild meadow. Look, honestly, you could go wild with your arranging. You don't have to be too strict on yourself. You can just make it as fun as you like. And remember, Just stay relaxed when you're arranging. I'm hoping this one in the back because you want to bring all right, right? Like through the design. Just out of interest in Greek, on time for this snapdragon, which is it'll be pink color withdrawing that up with this other foot slab. So we've got two points coming up together. Just giving that shape, that more strength on my final snapdragon. Good look at the arrangement. And I'm thinking I'm going to go over here just a bring even more angle. You can see me through the foul flowers and foliage overhead, and there we go. We've added a bit more movement and texture with those pointed flowers, and I will give getting filler flowers, which is just gonna be topping up this arrangement of filling those gaps. I'm bringing in that really medal we feel into our range room. I've got the love in a mist here which literally is very misting and frothy. Gonna cut these both at the same time, so thin anyway, that's fine. I'm gonna put this one. Yeah, Frothy, fluffy bit the edge. Send this one of the sides right now and it's got a nice, fluffy silhouette which really captures the light. And I'm gonna pop a few of these alliums in because I just think that's so cute. Such a lovely color. Cutting the stem and angle. You know the drill. I'm just I'm just wiggling these into any gaps. I find just to break up the design even more make it particularly fluffy on battery on the way. I'm feeding these in because they got quite thin stem as I hold them the base like a dart and then point it exactly what I want to put it, and then gently wiggle and feed it into the arrangement. If you sent to me at that time on that, make sure that that lovely, beautiful thin stem doesn't snap. Gonna add a couple more fees in. I might put another one just arrived being just to increase that. If you look down here in this corner, I see adding a few more in because they're quite sure I'm not picking them to high up in the back. This is a longer so I might put him in. I can hear literally in the center. Shut down. We're gonna be doing these beautiful white laced flowers. This has got a lovely length us. I'm gonna be putting this at the back cause it's gonna stand tall over the design, but that I'm gonna out of fuel because they're so Metarie. Just like that Carol path there mentioned earlier. This one's a little bit floppies. I'm going to cut that piece off and just use this lovely study. One three, the design just to bring the extra light into the arrangement, the white flowers really lift an arrangement brings out to light into it. This was gonna be nestled in here. Look, just keep stepping back and have another few arrangement saying if there are any gaps anywhere you think your fluffy flowers with 15 beautifully put one of hair the Etch south of the drug, I think I'm just gonna add humble to finish off the arrangement. Put a hand way and that's the meadow jog. Oh, finished. So the final part of your project is to arrange your flowers into your design, using your larger focal flowers than your medium to small secondary flowers than adding lying through their appointed flowers on finding me filling up into a real Metarie look with your fluffy filler flowers. Next up, we're gonna be taking a final look at everything we've done so far. 7. Finishing Up and Final Thoughts: in this project, I showed you have to arrange meadow Star flowers in a jug. We've explored what kind of flowers to choose and the sizes to go for, the kind of colour palettes you might decide to use. I've also showing you Flores techniques of how to condition or flowers so they last as long as possible. And they look their absolute best. Have also shown you how to raise a foliage in the job to create a really helpful framework . And then we've added in a lot of different sized flowers to give so much texture on interest into the design. Something you can do to make your flowers last even longer is to change the water every couple of days on Recut the stems if you can. I would love to see your final finished jocks off flowers. You can share your photos in the project Gallery on, let me know how you got home