My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


Evergreen perennial plant with tough, sword shape leaves that grow up to three meters long and up to 125mm wide. The leaves are popular in Floral Design but the plants also have rigid clumps of curving bright red flower stalks and later seedpods that can be up to five meters high.

Phormium - Flax, New Zealand flax

Flax Christmas tree "cake" for the Floral Trends Design Group end of the year function. "On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... two turtle doves"

Common name:

Flax, New Zealand flax


New Zealand and Norfolk Island


Grey green or coloured edges and central ribs. Dries to a light green or stone


Cultivated varieties range from green through pink to deep russet bronze. Also variegated cultivars with leaves marked by contrasted stripes of green, red, bronze, pink and yellow

Vase life:

Eight to ten days. Dries to a light grey green


Sweet nectar produced by the flowers


Flax leaves are very versatile. Use the leaves as accents or line in a design or wrap oasis. Mostly I weave and plait with the fibers or strips.


Hydrate the long leaves by bathing them in a bath of cold water. Wipe the leaf clean and if needed treat with leaf-shine. Do not condition the leaves before ripping

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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.