May 2018 / Homes & Interiors / by Emma Vince

In full bloom

With so many in-season flowers to choose from, spring is the perfect time to embrace all things floral.

Whether you’re tying the knot, shopping for a say-it-with-flowers gift or simply looking for new ways to bring the outdoors in, we’ve found this year’s blossoming trends

What’s in season? (main image)

The relaxed English country garden look has replaced more formal designs for several years. Loose, wildflower-inspired displays and meadow-fresh bouquets still reign, and this style goes hand in hand with the increasing desire to shop seasonally and locally. “We have so much to choose from in May and June,” says florist Vic from Scarlet & Violet. “English growers really come into their own with peonies, larkspur, alchemilla and frilly sweet peas all on offer.” There’s no better place to see these seasonal trends than Instagram. A natural playground for all things floral and pretty, you’ll probably find your feed filled with bloggers clutching blowsy peonies, as well as houses and gardens decked in all their spring finery: think tumbling clematis, blooming magnolia trees and purple wisteria. Just look up #wisteriahysteria to discover some of London’s finest floral spots this season.

No shrinking violets

Thanks to couples branching out from classic bridal shades, bright is the new white. “I’ve noticed a move towards more colour in wedding flowers,” says florist Graeme from Bloom and Burn flowers. “I love working with traditional choices such as peonies, roses and dahlias, but I like to use them in punchier colours.” Bring colour to your blooms by swapping white and blush tones for fresh apricot and zingy chartreuse hues. Or, take inspiration from Pantone’s colour of the year – Ultra Violet – and include shades of purple, from powdery lilacs to deep aubergines. When it comes to photographing bright blooms, white is still out: “I find that dark walls make a great backdrop for colourful flowers,” adds Graeme.

Something new

If you’ve ever been to a wedding or dinner party and had your view blocked by an elaborate floral centrepiece, you’ll like the high-flying alternative below. “We’ve been making a lot of hanging planks covered in flowers,” says florist Anna from The Flower Appreciation Society. “They’re particularly effective suspended above long banquet tables and bars, or against a plain wall backdrop.” For an at-home version, display hanging pots housing fleshy succulents, hardy air plants and trailing houseplants. The current trend for plants and botanicals means that foliage is no longer thought of as just a filler. Interesting greenery like ferns, fragrant herbs and grasses help add texture and movement to an arrangement and are just as important as their
floral counterparts.

The good old-fashioned way

Just like the current revival of vintage baby names, flowers that wouldn’t look out of place in grandma’s wedding pictures are back in style. “What’s in fashion often becomes part of our brief from a client,” explains Laura from Augustus Bloom. “Recently, we’ve noticed flowers that used to be considered old-fashioned, such as gypsophila, carnations and anthurium, are making a resurgence.” Royal weddings can help bring outmoded blooms back in the limelight, too. Steeped in tradition, royal nuptials feature certain flowers because of their traditional meanings. The Duchess of Cambridge’s delicate posy comprised timeless lily of the valley, Sweet Williams, hyacinths, ivy and myrtle, which still comes from Queen Victoria’s own garden; every royal bride has carried a sprig in their bouquet since the 19th century. We can’t wait to see which blooms Meghan will popularise in her bouquet when she marries Prince Harry this May!