The Handbook
The Handbook

Fresh flowers might not be as essential as bread and milk right now but they are definitely keeping us smiling through lockdown. We’ve rounded up our favourite blooms to bring a little nature indoors during these strange times and what vases are best to pop them in. Whether you’re all about the fashion set-approved peonies and luxe gold or your style errs more on the side of Grandma’s house, we’ve got a style to suit.

Emilia Wickstead's Collaboration with Flowerbx

Peonies & Gold

If you like your blooms to look picked straight from the pages of Pinterest, go for gold and every millennial’s favourite bloom, peonies. The millefeuille-style flowers have just come into season (April-September) so make the most of the spring and summer months to brighten your home.

Flowerbx, the London-based online florist and fashion set favourite, do the best bunches – in fact, they only sell bunches with one type of flower in – for that pulled together, stylised look. They’ve also teamed up with British fashion designer Emilia Wickstead to design a selection of gold vases – the perfect place to house a full bunch of peonies.

Dried Blooms

Ok, don’t be alarmed at the price tag of the below bouquet. The bunch of painfully on-trend, dried thistle pops are actually faux and Fox Flowers do the best in the business – they genuinely look real. They may come in at £159 but a fresh bunch would cost you £40 and up and not last very long – you do the math.

Stand them in a matte-finish, millennial pink vase for a modern take on Grandma Chic.

Recycled Glass & Eucalyptus

A simple, recycled glass vase looks great overflowing with on-trend eucalyptus or trio them up and dot along your dining table for a statement look. Eucalyptus is the perfect lockdown foliage – it smells great, is relatively cheap, lasts for ages and even looks good when dried. Buy a bunch now and it’s sure to see you through quarantine.

 

Art-Inspired Vases & Wild Blooms

One of the biggest trends to hit the interiors world this year has been art-inspired vases. Paris-born Anissa Kermiche is a fine jewellery designer by day but when her female form-inspired vases hit the scene last year, there wasn’t a fashion influencer or editor worth their salt who didn’t snap one up.

Little works of art themselves, they look perfect perched on a coffee table or nestled into a bookcase with no flowers in them at all, but we also love a wild, no-rules bunch of wild looking blooms cascading out of the bust or bottom vases, too.

If your budget won’t stretch to Kermiche heights, there are plenty of decorative cases on the high street too. Check out H&M and Zara for the best ones.

Fish Bowl Vases & Bold Blooms

If a perky derriere isn’t your thing, keep it classic with a fish bowl-style vase and simple blooms – think wedding flowers like peonies, avalanche roses and hydrangeas. The rule here is to fit as many blooms into the short vase, whether that’s three giant hydrangeas or 10 tightly packed peonies peeking out the top.

Rustic Vases & Wild

Pampas grass outside your home supposedly used to mean you were swingers in the 80s, but now it just means you’re an absolute hipster. Instagram stars have taken to styling retro blooms, from grasses to cheese plant leaves, in rustic looking vases that look like they’ve been picked up on a remote Greek island but are most likely from H&M Home.

Choose natural shades of terracotta, mustard and foliage green.

Small & Sweet

Bouquets don’t have to be big and bold, sometimes small and sweet has just the same impact. Choose wild-looking stems that could have been picked from a meadow and prop them into old jam jars or Borrower-sized vases.

This is also a great way to make bigger bouquets last – pick out the ones that are still thriving and use them to decorate your bedside table, the middle of the dining table or a bookshelf nook.