My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


Growing up to 120cm tall on thin but sturdy stems, the flowers are produced in large inflorescences that are either dense or open and are topped with the tiniest of flowers (about 3-10mm in diameter).

Gypsophila - Baby’s breath, soap wort, Gyp, Gypsophila

I used mainly Gypsophila and twigs to create my fantasy Intimate dinner for two competition design.

Common name:

Baby’s breath, soap wort, Gyp, Gypsophila


Europe, Asia, North Africa


white or pink


Over 100 species grown both for the cut flower market and as ornamental plant

Vase life:

Seven to ten days with proper care. Dries well


slight floral fragrance


Traditionally Gypsophila was only used as a filler plant giving it a reputation for being over used and rather a cliche. Contemporary designers are now designing with large amounts of these tiny flowers to create light and cloud-like designs. The roots are also valued in the culinary world and it is used to make desserts Turkey.


Plants prefer full sun and well drained soil. Condition the cut flowers in warm water. To encourage the buds to open cover the flowers with a polyethylene sheet to raise the moisture level or place in a humid warm environment such as a bathroom.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.