Which flower will you fall for?
Chunky knits? Check. Pumpkin flavoured everything? Check. Autumn flowers in rich russets and riveting reds? Ceckity-check! Nothing makes heading back into the home after the summer more inviting than having an enchanting array of fresh flowers to add warmth and colour to your living space. Ah, bliss.
Without further ado, let us introduce you to the autumn flowers you’ll be falling head-over-heels for when you order a bloomon bouquet this season. Don’t forget to keep your blooms happy as a kid at Halloween with a bucketful of sweeties with our handy tips and tricks.
Common name: Dahlia
If you’re a dahlia fan (who isn’t) you’ll have noticed them around — there are over 30 species, after all! Decorative double dahlia varieties, like ‘Love of My Life’ blooming now until the first signs of frost. Although dahlias were Queen Victoria’s favourite flower, they originate from Mexico. When first introduced to the West in the early 1600’s they were known as ‘Acoctli’, their Mexican name. Arriba!
flower care: remove excess foliage and buds that are below the rim of your vase.
Common name: Kangaroo paw
Family: Haemodoraceae (bloodwort)
Aptly known as kangaroo paw, Anigozanthos is originally a native plant of Australia, just like kangaroos. But its unusual, decorative, velveteen blooms means it's popular amongst florists the world over, adding instant pizzazz to any arrangement.
Flower care: This hardy flower is ideal for drying. After it’s been in your vase for a while, hang it upside down in a warm, dry place for a week or two, then vóila! It’ll work as an ornamental in a mini vase for months.
Common name: Rosehip
Berries are synonymous with autumn. Rose hips are the ‘fruit’ of roses. Green when it grows, it turns crimson as it ripens. Spent flowers left on a rose bush will develop into the gleaming seed pods at the tip of the stems. Rosehip is packed with vitamin C — twenty times more than oranges! Whilst rose hips are edible, the one in your bouquet is just for admiring! Visit your local health food shop for edible products to be used in teas, tinctures, syrups, and soups.
Flower care: when the time comes to say goodbye to your bloomon bouquet, rosehip will still be going strong. Trim the stem and display it in a mini vase with clean water to show it off for a fulfilling fall look.
Common name: St John’s Wort
Hypericum is better known as St.John’s Wort and used as a natural remedy to treat depression. Yet it’s the berries, not the flowers, that are popular with florists. The glossy, perfect-pink jewels add something undeniably cheerful. At one time, hypericum was hung above pictures to ward off evil spirits.
Flower care: Hypericum has an exceptional vase life — two-weeks with the right care! Re-cut all your stems every few days when you change the water.
Common name: Scarlet plume
Family: Euphorbiaceae (spurge)
There are over 2000 species of Euphorbias, from Jatropha (buddha belly plant) to Poinsietta (Christmas flower), and 20 species of Euphorbia fulgens. Similarly to its festive relation, Euphorbia fulgens is also favoured as a Christmas plant in its native Mexico, where it’s plentiful. We love it in our autumnal bouquets because of its cascading plumes.
Flower care: Euphorbias typically produce a white, milky sap, called latex, which is really important for the plant’s survival but can irritate our skin. When trimming the stem or removing excess leaves, wash your hands afterwards.
Home is where the flowers are. Bring autumn indoors with our latest bouquets.