So often I get asked for advice and recommendations on what are the best flowers for a specific location or time of year.. I hope this little blog helps.
What are the best flowers for a wedding?
With wedding flowers, I always approach with three main factors in mind:
design – personality – season.
The best choice of flowers will reflect you on your special day. From wild and colourful to natural and demure, a consultation with your florist will ensure that your wedding flowers are as unique as you are. Work with the seasons. A wild, natural design might include English garden flowers peppered with lavish foliage and scented stems like eucalyptus. Early summer brings delicate sweet pea and the trendiest of wedding flowers, peonies. Late summer we are blessed with sultry cosmos, romantic nigella (also known as love in a mist flower) and vivid, spirited cornflowers. A bold design can include Hydrangea, sprightly delphinium, stunning alliums and the flower of love, roses. A striking design in winter might include pretty amaryllis and hellebores with autumnal foliage in a range of rich, burnt colours. Spring brings the fragrant flowers, hyacinth, narcissi, tulips, the stunning ranunculus and anemone.
What are the best flowers for my home?
Flowers for your home are personal and so go with what suits you as well as where you want to place them. A hallway might call for something tall and fragrant like lilies. They last really well and look great even before they have blossomed. Roses come in so many styles and colours. Sticking with the season is always kinder on the pocket and environment. Early daffodils, tulips, pretty ranunculi and narcissi for spring and in summer hydrangea always look stunning. Pretty little flowers like sweet pea are short lived but so worth the indulgence in my opinion.
What are the best flowers for a funeral?
A delicate subject but one worth discussing here. The best possible option is always to make it personal. Is there a flower they loved? White is a traditional choice but we are now looking at more colour and variety to go with loud and colourful characters. Fragrance is popular too. Rosemary has been long associated with remembrance. Delicate hand-tied rosemary bouquets or sprigs of rosemary in your flowers. Calla lilies are a popular choice. As an extra special touch, a planted wicker basket for each family member to take home containing flowering plants which will re-flower at the same time each year.
What are the best flowers for my office?
Corporate spaces, restaurants and hotels demand eye-catching displays with longevity. You don’t want something which will look limp and withered after a couple of days! Roses are strong and reliable. Lilies, amaryllis and delphinium work well in the summer months alongside the spectacular foxtail lily, eremurus and stunning, persevering allium. Hydrangeas in hot pink or deep purple in summer and delicate ranunculi in spring can stand alone as a stunning masterpiece or mixed with lush green foliage. Be aware that some foliage is not so abiding so avoid things like mimosa foliage. For a long-lasting display go for something like eucalyptus, camellia, laurel and pittosporum.
What are the best flowers for a gift?
All flowers are a thing of beauty when they are a gift. Perhaps it’s more the sentiment and love they represent. A bunch of flowers will add to any room and any heart. From humble, wild flowers, freshly picked to expensive, long stem roses. You can rarely go wrong. The best choice is making it a reflection of the recipient. A loud and colourful character will probably appreciate bold and vibrant flowers. An earth mother might prefer wild and whimsical. Keeping it all seasonal of course. A good local florist would be able to help you put together a bouquet given any personality. But the most important thing is that they came from you, and what a wonderful gift that is!