Ikebana (生け花, 活け花, "arranging flowers" or "making flowers alive") is the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement.

Considerations of color, line, form, and function guide the construction of Ikebana. The resulting forms are varied and unexpected, and can range widely in terms of size and composition.

In contrast to the western habits of casually placing flowers in a vase, ikebana is often practiced as a form of meditation - in complete silence.

Take a deep breath and let your intuition guide you when choosing the parts of your own Ikebana composition. And remember, one carefully placed flower can be just as powerful as an elaborate arrangement.