Flowers have a way of brightening up a space. And each flower is so intricate that it hardly needs a full bouquet to bring out its beauty. Often, minimalist arrangements are the best way to showcase the beauty of individual flowers. One method of minimalist arranging, ikebana, uses flowers to create and preserve space. There are three common Ikeabana styles: upright, slanting, and water-reflecting. Beginner’s typically start by learning the upright style. There are three main types of flowers and branches used in these arrangements. The longest branch, called shin, represents heaven. The medium branch, soe, represents man. And the shortest branch, tai, represents earth. Read how to measure parts and continue making your own ikebana here.