Even romantics can struggle to find the right bunch of flowers. The best thing to do is trust your florist. Here are the finest in Sydney, specialising in everything from vintage-style bouquets to native blooms. These experts will help you express how you feel.
The arrangements from Jardine are reminiscent of the simple joys of wandering through a bloom-filled backyard. Jardine Hansen’s loose-fitting arrangements are spontaneous and romantic, with a focus on botanical varieties. Jardine offers floral styling for weddings, events, corporate spaces and private homes across Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
Peering into the cosy jewel-box florist My Violet is like looking through a keyhole into a secret garden. The owner Myra Perez is the tastemaker infusing weddings and events with her enchanted arrangements. Her unstructured blooms feel so at home in any space you’d think they grew there. My Violet uses country-garden flowers for textured bouquets that mix vintage and contemporary styles.
For a minimalist bouquet, Trille Floral’s rambling arrangements use plenty of greens. Founded by Canadian-born Cara Fitch, inspiration comes from natural landscapes. Her designs explore palettes you’d find in the natural world. Since her move to Australia she’s learned the language of native flora.
Saskia Havekes’s tiny Potts Point shop is part of the tapestry of Sydney. The store opened in 1995, and she provides blooms for Vogue editorial. She’s the one to call when you want to make a grand statement – she creates bunches with both familiar and unusual flowers. Online only.
Kaplan creates art with each of her floristry designs. Inspired by picking wildflowers across Australia, Paris, Berlin and Rome, her bunches aren’t too stylised; they and have a thrown-together look. Working from a shared studio space in Alexandria, she textures each bouquet with unexpectedly shaped foliage. Online only.
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Kieran Birchall’s arrangements are immediately recognisable. The often oversized, dramatic bunches mix softer flowers such as English roses with deep-green foliage and hardy natives. Instead of combining flowers evenly, he often keeps each type distinct in the bunch, so there are pockets of light and dark. He can deliver same day around inner Sydney. Currently online only.
Floreat is Latin for, “let flourish”. This boutique florist in Darlinghurst is dedicated to simple designs, specialising in Australian natives. Owner Jane Lampe uses locally grown flowers wherever possible.
In the heart of one of Darlinghurst’s busiest areas is Hermetica Flowers, the flower laboratory behind a curtain of 600 coloured roses. Inside, the crisp layout is the modest background to Jai Winnells’s creations. Simplicity and freshness is key.
Poho Flowers is in a blue Art Deco space in Potts Point, large enough to house its overgrown greenery and natives. The arrangements focus on lush, earthy tones, dispelling the assumption that Australian botanicals are always on the drier side.
If flowers aren’t your thing, co-founders of online plant-delivery service Leaf Supply Sophia Kaplan and Lauren Camilleri make setting up your own urban garden easy. With three new plant and pot combos to choose from every month, the succulents the pair chooses are hardy and low maintenance.