What’s Special About Sunflowers – Meaning, Arrangement Ideas and Care Tips

When I see sunflowers, I think of Vincent Van Gogh, the artist. And he would have been very pleased because when he was alive, he wanted to be known as the painter of sunflowers. And he painted many still-life paintings of his favourite flower. 

Sunflower arrangements are popular because of the wonderful meaning sunflowers hold, and the uplifting, cheery effect they have on us.

The Meaning of Sunflowers

To Van Gogh, sunflowers were meant to symbolise gratitude. Nonetheless sunflowers generally have a wonderful meaning. In fact they represent love, loyalty and longevity.

That’s also why it’s a popular flower choice with brides and bridal bouquets. Because of its meaning and stunning colour.

Flowers That Go Well Together with Sunflowers in Arrangements

Flowers that go well with sunflowers in arrangements include roses, snapdragons, chrysanthemums and irises.

Bright colors such as reds and oranges tend to pair well with the yellow. On the other hand if you wish to go for a contrasting colour, blue or purple irises make a beautiful pairing.

As for greenery, it’s best to stick with leaves that have a warm tone such as camellia leaves, gymea leaves or monstera leaves, instead of gum or eucalyptus leaves, or dusty miller, which are cooler in tone.

You can read more about colour in another post

Sunflower Arrangement Ideas

The yellow of the sunflower is so vibrant that it instantly brightens up any space.

You can arrange sunflowers on their own in a vase and they will look stunning because of their large full blooms. 

Sunflower Bouquet with Roses

The first arrangement pictured below is a gift bouquet for Mother’s Day. A combination of sunflowers, red roses and yellow solidago or solidaster. As you can see it’s a very bright, cheery bunch of flowers. Great choice for a Mother’s Day gift or for any celebration.

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Sunflower Ikebana Arrangement

In my second flower arrangement which is ikebana-inspired, I used only sunflowers in a Japanese-style basket. If you don’t have a basket, you can swap it out for a short pot-like container.

Sunflower Arrangement Ideas

The sunflower stems were long. So I cut them down to better suit the proportions of the container.

However as I didn’t want to waste the stems, I looked for ways to use them in the arrangement. I ended up placing them at various diagonal angles to bring visual balance to the floral arrangement.

And there was no discolouration or softening of the stems even after a few days being out of water. Amazing!

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Modern Sunflower Arrangement in a Glass Vase

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The third arrangement is a sunflower arrangement in a glass fishbowl vase. Here I’ve used about a couple of philodendron leaves in the fishbowl to hide the stems of the flowers as well as create interest.

This arrangement is best viewed from the sides. So they will make a wonderful centrepiece for a round dining table. 

You can also place multiple similar arrangements as table centrepieces along the centre of a long dining table at home.

Or even use this arrangement idea as wedding reception table centrepieces.

This arrangement style has a modern minimalist aesthetic that will suit contemporary interior styling.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUNFLOWERS WHEN BUYING

If you are buying sunflowers from the store, try to get blooms which are more tightly closed if you want them to last longer. But if you need to display the flowers on the same day of purchase, then get some with more open blooms.

CARE TIPS TO MAINTAIN THE FRESHNESS OF YOUR SUNFLOWERS

  • Cut the stems at an angle before placing the sunflowers into the vase.
  • Change the water regularly. Like every other day. It will help to make the flowers last longer.
  • Keep the sunflowers out of the cold or draughts (for example under cold air-conditioning).
  • And if you find any holes in your sunflower petals, check to see if there is a caterpillar somewhere among the flowers and get rid of it promptly!

For more fun facts about Van Gogh, check out the Van Gogh Museum website.

Do you have any sunflower tips of your own or fun facts you’d like to share? Leave a comment below.

For other flower arrangement inspiration, you may like to check out my other post on arranging gerberas in creative and fun ways

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