As with the designs of our homes, whether it’s the style of our kitchens or the paint on our walls, flowers follow cyclical trends. There are certain plants and flowers that capture the mood of the moment depending on the season, and they also have a wonderful ability to change the feeling inside our homes.
To reflect this, forecasters of trends in Funnyhowflowerdothat.com have curated their choice of flowers that will set the tone for fall. Their collection focuses on six flowers based on a trend they call Traditional atmospherea style that reflects confidence and familiarity in an ever-changing world.
The past few years have seen a renewed appreciation for flowers and houseplants in our homes. Besides their aesthetic beauty, bringing the natural world inside our homes can enhance our well-being, and the nostalgia associated with the flowers in this collection are guaranteed to do the same. Brimming with soft, faded pastels and dark comforting tones, the interior design trend for these retro florals is sure to make a splash.
We asked some of our favorite florists to reflect on these trends and inspire us on how to use them to create stylish, seasonal interiors.
Lilith is an expert at keeping up with news and trends in the world of interior design. She regularly shares stories with readers to help keep them up to date with ever-changing trends that promise to add personality to the home, including flowers and plants. For this piece, she spoke to floristry experts to learn more about the six trending flowers for the fall/winter season and how to adopt them in your home.
Which cut flowers are trending for fall?
The anemones are the first in the collection. This little flower, part of the buttercup family, is a delicate addition to any space, especially when paired with lush green foliage.
“Fall is a rich season with beautiful, spectacular colors everywhere we look,” says Nikki Tibbles, Founder of Luxury Florists, Wild at Heart. (opens in a new tab). “Anemones come in an incredible palette, from cherry reds to shocking pinks and deep purples. They have an impressive vase life of up to 10 days and make an amazing seasonal flower.
Also one of the best fall flowers to plant outdoors, anemones work beautifully in an arrangement with other flowers, although they tend to flare out of their vase. “Like tulips, they tend to have a life of their own and continue to grow after being cut,” says Nikki. “Remember to give them space to open up if you have closed buds.”
According to Nikki, in ancient Greek myth, Aphrodite turned her injured lover’s blood into a red anemone, ensuring that he would live forever as a flower.
Chrysanthemums also have a rich history. “They were first cultivated as a herb by the Chinese as early as the 15th century BC,” says Nikki. “They hold special significance in Chinese art and literature and are known as one of the ‘Four Gentlemen’ alongside plum blossom, orchid and bamboo, prized for their refined beauty.”
In Western culture, the varied and vibrant hues of the chrysanthemum became especially popular in Victorian England. “The red chrysanthemum represented love and the yellow chrysanthemum represented unrequited love,” Nikki explains.
Also one of the longest-lasting cut flowers, they come in a wide variety of colors that lend themselves particularly well to fall, including deep orange, yellow, and red hues. “Notable for their rich color and long-toothed leaflets, among them you’ll find varieties rich in red, golden yellow, bright orange and dark purple,” says Nikki. ‘Earth tones like wild green and brass always go well together. The bronze spider chrysanthemum looks almost like fireworks, perfect for fall!
Is there anything more beautiful than a fragrant rose? This traditional flower is considered outdated by some, but has seen a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years, both in our gardens and in cut stems.
“To me, fall means warm, warm tones,” says Nikki. ‘For a bold and beautiful rose, I love Kensington and Carpe Diem roses in a stunning burnt orange. We use these roses in our Autumn Ember Bunch (opens in a new tab) mixed with hypericum berries and seasonal foliage.’
Pair an orange or red rose with foliage you picked from your local garden or park to recreate this look using leaves or sprigs of firethorn. “The warm orange tones emanate from the golden autumn sun,” Nikki adds.
Probably the least recognizable flower in this collection, bouvardia is a delicate flower characterized by clusters of small, trumpet-like shapes with bright green leaves.
“Bouvardia’s delicately fragrant loose flower clusters are edged with glossy leaves and borne on tall stems,” Nikki notes. ‘Each stalk looks like a small bouquet.’ They pair well when used with a bolder flower, like chrysanthemum, for a pop of color.
This pretty flower also comes in a white variety and Nikki is a personal fan of this more streamlined look. “A white bouvardia looks beautiful in a glass vase (or a dark green glass vase if you have one),” she says. “Simple, elegant arrangements can be just as powerful as a bold big screen.”
Nikki suggests keeping the water free of loose foliage as it will be easily damaged if submerged. It’s a good idea to remove the lower leaves from the stem and then add a water sterilizing tablet to keep bacteria away. Take a look at common mistakes when choosing a vase to help you find the best one for your arrangement.
Dianthus, more commonly known as carnation, was considered old-fashioned for years, but now we are beginning to appreciate this densely petalled flower again. Pale pink and salmon pink varieties have been chosen for the autumn/winter collection by Flower Council Holland (opens in a new tab).
“Malaysia is a great filler for flower arrangements,” says Nikki. “It’s an emblem of passion, affection and love, so it’s perfect for a bridal bouquet.” For rich fall colors you can also opt for red, burgundy or purple tones thanks to the wide variety available.
“Cut the stem at an angle so they can drink plenty of water, and remove excess foliage,” says Nikki. “Keep away from radiators as they wilt easily in the heat.”
The last is the cymbidium, a large variety of orchids with more pointed petals that can be uniformly colored or speckled with stripes and blotches.
“Cymbidiums are the hardiest plant in the orchid family,” says Nikki. “Acclimatized to the southern slopes of the Himalayas, they are unsurprisingly a fall/winter favourite.”
They come in a range of colors from creamy whites and rich browns to deep reds and vibrant yellows. ‘A perfectly curated collection of fall and winter colors!’ Nikki said.
Use the orchid as the starting point for a mixed bouquet to make a statement on a larger table. Be sure to cut the stems every five days to help them last, and replace the water at the same time.