The Seasonal Flowers To Buy & Style Now

When it comes to flowers, it tends to be best to choose what’s in season – even in winter. There’s plenty on offer right now – picture tulips, mimosa, narcissus, anemones, ranunculi, hellebores and hyacinths. To find out how to make the most of them, we spoke to some of the industry’s leading florists…

“Anemone is a genus of flowering plants in the buttercup family and its poppy-like flowers have layers of colourful cup-shaped petals. For an impressive floral arrangement, pair with green foliage, roses and Ranunculus Clooney to add a touch of freshness.” – Nem 
 
“Anemones are a favourite because of their jewelled tones. I just love the rich red, deep purple and fresh white ones – as well as their daisy-like flowers with silky petals and prominent centres.” – Nikki 

“January can feel like a long, dark month, so it’s a nice idea to brighten your home with hyacinth bulbs. I plant them in vintage vases, teacups, glass tumblers and traditional plant pots. They have the most amazing scent and come in a great selection of colours from deep blue to purple, punchy pink to bright white.” – Nikki

“Hellebores have a very special place in my heart because my mother carried them on her wedding day. As well as a classic white there are varieties in green, berry pinks, burgundies and some are even black. They can be tricky to pick from the garden – you need to wait until their seed pods have started to form and use a very sharp knife, so the stems don’t get crushed. They are also known as the Christmas rose, but they’re actually part of the Ranunculus family.” – Caroline Grimble, florist at BloomAndWild.com 
  
“Considered a symbol of grace and compassion, hellebores are beautiful when they’re in season. They’re a short-stemmed flower variety and so are best displayed in bud vases to express their personality. Our favourite variety is the Pickle Green, which work in most interior styles.” – Larry

“The official flower of the Netherlands, tulips originated in Central Asia and the name comes from the Persian word for turban – in full bloom, tulips have a turban-like shape. Commonly understood to mean love, each colour varies in meaning – our personal favourites are green and white Parrot tulips, which symbolise happiness and good health. But really, there’s a tulip for every occasion or mood. Remember, tulips keep growing once they’re cut and also grow towards sunlight so it’s best to keep turning the vase regularly to maintain a well-rounded appearance.” – Larry Walshe, florist at ByBloom.co.uk

“Widely understood to represent the sun, traditionally mimosa also represents sensitivity and safety – which explains why many people associated it with International Women’s Day on 8th March. Back in the 1940s, the mimosa flower was chosen as a symbol of female strength and sensibility by Italian feminists. Re-cut your mimosa stems on a sharp diagonal to help encourage maximum water absorption. After that, split the base of the stem vertically about 1cm, which will allow water to move easily up the stem. Mimosa thrives best when it’s hydrated, so place your stems in a clean vase of freshly drawn lukewarm water as soon as possible. With a sunshine shade and unique texture, mimosa works well displayed in a large vase with lots of other bright tones.” – Whitney Bromberg Hawkings,
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“Parrot tulips are a great way of injecting colour into your home. Their cup-shaped, fringed and twisted petals are decorated with vivid, flame-like markings and are available in a range of bright colours, including red, violet, yellow, orange, pink, green and near black. Cut each stem to about 15cm in length and display them on their own in a vase to help them shine.” – Nem Vorkapic, floristry manager at Floward.com

“The name Ranunculus is a combination of two Latin words: ‘rana’ meaning ‘frog’ and ‘unculus’ meaning ‘little’. It might be strange to have a flower named ‘Little Frog’, but it’s believed these delicate flowers used to multiply, like frogs, along the riverbanks. Created with layers of delicate petals, they’re the epitome of elegance. Our personal favourite is the Ballet Slipper Pink variety, which exudes femininity.” – Larry 

 
“Ranunculus Clooney is a show-stopping flower with an extremely high petal count and a green centre. They’re available in a wide range of colours from pink to burgundy, red to orange – but my all-time favourites are the brilliant white ones with blush pink overtones. Remember to strip off all of the leaves that sit under the waterline and change the water every two days or when it appears visually cloudy or dirty.” – Nem

“Potted narcissus is a favourite of mine at this time of year. They last ages and have a great scent to them. I always use peat-free compost when planting bulbs and it’s important to keep the soil moist without overwatering it – especially if the bulbs are in bowls as they won’t have sufficient drainage. I cram as many bulbs in as I can and use my Constance Spry vases for a bit of wow factor. Single bulbs in a tumbler or vase also look quite striking.” – Nikki Tibbles, luxury florist at WildAtHeart.com

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