Is there anything better than fresh flowers in the house? We think not. But deciding on the right bud or frond to express how you feel can be tough. The trick is finding someone to help guide you to that perfect bunch – which is where this list comes in handy. Here are the finest florists in Sydney, specialising in everything from vintage-style bouquets to native blooms.
Opened in 2013 by Jai Winnell, Hermetica recently moved to a larger, warehouse-style home in Woolloomooloo, and its soaring ceilings and vast wall displays are as striking as its stylised floral gifts. As well as servicing a vast number of Sydney’s biggest restaurants and creating bespoke pieces for corporate events and weddings, Hermetica sells bouquets for every occasion, perfectly packaged in its delightful signature wrap.
This boutique florist in Darlinghurst creates eclectic, seasonal bunches of stunning natives mixed with tropical and traditional flowers, which results in “arrangements that are a unique ‘unstructured structure’,” according to owner Jane Lampe. The business has built strong relationships with growers in and around Sydney and uses local flowers where possible. And the name? Floreat is Latin for “let flourish”.
The aesthetic at this Potts Point store is idiosyncratic; a little posh and with a wonderful sense of timelessness. Most arrangements have a subtle native theme – nothing brash, just delicate bush flowers woven into more traditional bouquets.
Sometimes you need a succulent or a monstera to gift a little greenery to someone you love. This online plant and botanical homewares shop offers three new plant-and-pot combos to choose from each month, all selected for their low maintenance hardiness. You can subscribe or buy a one-off pot.
My Flower Man
Kieran Birchall left a career as a real estate agent to set up a florist business, and a couple years later it’s still his passion, though now the shop operates online only. He continues to mix natives into his bunches to create beautiful, fragrant pieces of art. “Less structured arrangements are key. Our clients like them wild in nature, different, rather than domed,” says Birchall.
Saskia Havekes, one of the city’s most celebrated florists, opened her Potts Point store in 1995. Her designs often grace the pages of magazines, and Grandiflora was included in Broadsheet’s “Sydney Classics” series. The shop is named after Havekes’s favourite flower, the Magnolia grandiflora, in part because the street outside her small store is lined with them.
Co-owner Kowsh Rawson has worked at a number of Sydney’s best florists, including Hermetica Flowers and Poho Flowers, and she brings a similar aesthetic to her Dulwich Hill studio. Pastel-coloured flowers are a strong feature, but she says she lets the season dictate her creations. “We like our bunches to look effortless and when we create the bouquets we try and stay true to the natural form.” Ranunculus is her favourite flower: “It’s a very feminine flower and has great tones, and because there are thousands of petals in one flower, as it opens, it changes.”
Kaplan’s bunches aren’t too stylised; they have an elegantly thrown-together look. Working from a shared studio space in Alexandria, she textures each bouquet with unexpectedly shaped foliage. She also writes a garden blog and co-authored Leaf Supply’s guide to keeping happy house plants.
This article was updated on February 12, 2019.