In the words of Christian Dior, after women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.
Whether you invest weekly or only buy for special occasions, adding bunch of blooms in your home is one of the quickest, cheapest and most beautiful ways to brighten it up – and because the seasons are constantly changing, you can make your arrangement look fresh and different every time.
Want to know which stems to stock up on for spring? We spoke to Orlando, manager of Notting Hill boutique florist Front Row, to find out what we should be filing our vases with over the coming months…
1. Pretty in purple
‘As a nod to this year’s Pantone colour of the year, purple/ultra violet, expect to see flowers of purple and lilac hues featuring in bouquets and displays,’ explains Orlando. ‘If this trend appeals; look to orchids such as the stunning vanda, purple anenomes, or cool water or deep purple roses.’
2. Nature first
‘The garden and meadow look will be big this summer. Flowers that look like they have been freshly gathered from a garden with a natural look are set to continue in popularity. Look out for flowers such as astrantia, veronica and thlaspi green bells.’
3. Stay succulent
This one comes as no surprise, but there was a strong demand for succulents last year – ‘and I see this trend continuing into 2018, dressed in natural containers like wood or stone,’ says Orlando. ‘Succulents like echeveria were very popular with younger customers and will continue to be sought after in 2018.’
4. Go solo
‘Single flower and single colour bouquets are another emerging trend,’ he adds. ‘They a lend a clean and luxury feel to an interior or space. However, this must be done in stylish abundance. For example, a mass of tulips, roses, or peonies form a strong and luxurious look, whereas small numbers will not have the same affect.’
5. Home grown
‘The spring and summer saw an ever growing demand for British growing flowers. Peonies and dahlias, which are appearing in stunning and hugely Instagrammable varieties, have been extremely popular and I predict the demand will be strong again this year.’
6. Soft shades
Know someone who’s tying the knot this year? This trend is the one to watch: according to Orlando, peach, pastels and lilacs were notable in their use in weddings at the end of last year, and will still be going strong for spring. ‘Scented garden roses by master grower, David Austin, as well as peach avalanche roses were much to the fore and I expect to see them feature heavily in 2018 weddings and lifestyle,’ he details.