Spring’s daffodils and summer’s peonies may be firm favourites, but there are plenty of gorgeous autumnal blooms in season right now to style up a kitchen counter or curated console table. From pumpkin-hued roses to warm red lilies, M&S – our go-to online florist – has everything you need. Plus, we’re sharing six foolproof tips for arranging them at home. 

It’s no secret we’re big fans of M&S’s online flower shop. For seasonal, affordable blooms and seven-days a week free delivery, it’s a no-brainer if you’re in the market for a bunch of flowers.

This season, they have a host of autumnal bouquets in warm, rustic shades bursting with everything from deep red roses to fragrance gladioli, plump hydrangeas to pretty berries. And if you’re a novice at making them look good in a vase, read on for our at-home hacks that will trick people into thinking you’ve had the pros in. 

Be prepared 

Firstly, make sure you have enough space to work with, remove all the packaging and unfurl your blooms. Carefully dismantle the bouquet and group each flower together by type. 

Trim the leaves and stems

Remove any low-level leaves to give the stems more room in your vase and to avoid bacteria building up and wilting. Cut each stalk at an angle – this will help your flowers soak up enough water and stay fresh.

Choose the right vase for your autumn flowers

Choosing the right home for your blooms is essential. Don’t choose anything too tall unless you have a big, lengthy statement stems; equally, delicate little bud vases will be dwarfed by anything too big. A good rule of thumb is to think in thirds: one-third vase and two-thirds flowers and foliage. 

Think about colour and shape of vase – rounded shapes look great with the round bud of a rose, while tall, slimmer styles work well with something like gladioli. If you choose classic autumnal shades like deep reds, rusty oranges and mossy greens, offset them with a an off-white, chalky base or let them bloom on their own with a classic glass apothecary vase. 

Think about colour and shape of vase - rounded shapes look great with the round bud of a rose, while tall, slimmer styles work well with something like gladioli...

Spring’s daffodils and summer’s peonies may be firm favourites, but there are plenty of gorgeous autumnal blooms in season right now to style your home with. from pumpkin-hued roses to warm red lilies.

Add your autumn flowers in sections

Add filler flowers first – blooms that will plump out your display but aren’t the star of the show. Then spire flowers – stems that will add height. Followed by focal flowers – think roses, hydrangeas, lilies and chrysanthemums. Finally, add your foliage, whether that’s a spray of green leaves or pretty festive berries. 

Don’t forget to feed

Make sure you feed your flowers with the food pouch included, following the instructions. It really does make them last longer. 

If in doubt…

Shop M&S’s range of ready-to-arrange autumn bouquets for absolute ease.  Simply follow the instruction card, add water and let your inner florist shine. 

Shop our edit of M&S’s best autumn blooms below…