Renowned florist (and the brains behind our glorious Chelsea in Bloom gold-award window at our Symons Street flagship store) Philippa Craddock, believes every home deserves a little floral magic. So, whether you’re a green-fingered enthusiast or budding botanical fan, here are some of her tips for using plants around the home to replicate the glory of Summer outdoors, indoors.
Tip 1: Keep the colour scheme simple
“I love having fresh flowers in the house, particularly if we are at home and not working over the weekend. The displays are always simple, almost always with just one variety of flower or foliage, and I often use just whites or greens.”
Tip 2: Start in the heart of the home – the kitchen
“There are a couple of key spots I focus on – in particular, the kitchen table and our kitchen dresser.
“The dresser is a key spot for flowers, as the display is slightly tucked out of the way, so less likely to be knocked over (by the far-too-often-flying toys of our children!). It is also seen as soon as you walk through the door, so offers a great welcome to our home and becomes almost an extension of the garden.”
Tip 3: Flowers say ‘welcome’ so use them for guests
“If we have friends staying, I will pop a mini bud vase of flowers beside the bed as a homely touch for their room. If we are hosting dinner, the dining table tends to be flooded with blooms and candles, offering an organic centrepiece full of light.”
Tip 4: Keep it rustic and not too over-done
“To create a display in your own home, have a couple of differently shaped vases at hand, and you needn’t go crazy with flowers. If your budget is a little tighter one week, then a simple display using a few small branches covered in fresh green leaves looks amazing.”
Look out for…
“Later this Summer, Philippa Craddock Flowers will be launching a fresh-flower delivery service. You can subscribe to weekly, seasonal flowers which come straight from our growers to your door (making them days fresher than supermarkets and flower markets). You can opt for mixed bunches or a single variety, and they will change each week. We will also have easy-to-use flower guides available online, to help you create your displays at home.”