Here at McQueens, we create flowers for all kinds of briefs, from weddings and birthdays to hotels and homes. Our ethos has always been gorgeous, seasonal flowers arranged beautifully and, although there are many occasions that call for something a little more lavish, the age-old adage ‘less is more’ is very close to our hearts. Sometimes, the magic of a single flower can surpass the bountiful beauty of a larger design and with this in mind, we’re sharing five simple floral designs that you can quickly create at home with just a few stems of your favourite seasonal blooms and a handful of bottles or vases. Our top tip? Try using a mix of antique vases or vintage-style cut glass bottles for an easy touch of character and interest.
Agapanthus, Allium and Pokeweed in Oriental White and Blue Vases
The cool blue and violet hues of these unique varieties combine to create a relaxed display, with the curved stems of the phytolacca (pokeweed) expertly breaking up the strong vertical lines of the more rigid allium and agapanthus. Vintage white and blue oriental vases add the finishing touch for an effortlessly charming and elegant arrangement.
Vintage Roses in Cut-Glass Bottles
Avid readers of the blog will know that we adore vintage roses, known for their muted or slightly faded tones. There are few rose varieties that are known by two different names, and Ocean Song is a perfect example. Also known as Boyfriend, this lilac-coloured beauty has been a firm favourite at McQueens HQ for a number of years. They are undeniably romantic and look sensational both in a bouquet or simply arranged alone in suitable vintage style, cut-glass bottles.
Colourful Stocks and Seasonal Fillers in Miniature Glass Milk Bottles
Let colour, shape and texture steal the show by pairing an eclectic floral selection — such as these cheerful Stocks, Ammi, Achillea and Veronica — with simple glass milk bottles. Arrange as a group for a quick and effective table centrepiece, or in a row for a simple yet striking mantlepiece display.
Delicate Ammi in a Textured, Handmade Vase
Ammi, sometimes known as bishop’s weed, is a much-loved wildflower here at McQueens. Known for its umbrella-like cluster of delicate white flowers and twisting, organic outline form, it’s the ideal flower to arrange both with others and alone. Simple styled here with a chunky, hand-glazed vase, it creates the perfect balance of texture and shape.
An Elegant Pairing of Berry-toned Blooms
Sometimes, the magic of a single flower can surpass the beauty of a more bountiful design, and in the case of peonies, this is certainly the case. With their giant fluffy heads of seemingly endless petals, they look as good alone as they do en masse. A single stem of red bernhardt paired with a bunch of purple velvet scoop scabiosa creates a gorgeous, berry-toned display oozing with style and gothic glamour.