We love the power that flowers have over creating an atmosphere, be it a romantic, festive or celebratory. Halloween is one occasion in particular where we florists take a more playful and experimental approach – whether it’s conjuring up opulent gothic-glamour or a seasonal pumpkin patch. It’s also a time to get creative with some very interesting and mind-boggling floral specimens that possess other-worldly qualities, making them the perfect showcase for a spooky display. We share some of our favourite beguiling vines and stems that add fiendish fun to your decor.
Halloween is autumn’s flagship festivity and handily coincides with fresh flowers taking on their more unusual dried forms – as well as the arrival of interesting seedheads. One of our firm favourites that springs to mind is the scabious head – this fascinating orb protrudes from arrangements with eye-catching flair. Spikey nigella seedheads and teasels add seasonal character, whilst dried hydrangeas offer an antiqued, haunted glamour.
Foliage brings the outside-in and can quickly create a fairy tale setting. For Halloween, twist choose creaky lichen moss and leave it strewn across tables. Enchanting cotinus leaves are available in almost black tones and these look equally magnificent paired with a deep Dutch masters’ palette as they do with contrasting blushes.
There are plenty of fresh flower varieties that hold their own when it comes to making a spooktacular statement. Arachnophobes look away – nutan are spider-like and come in seasonal pumpkin shades. Colour can transform a flower – the rose, for instance, fresh from the garden is the epitome of summer – whilst a species such as Red Naomi is altogether more vampy in appearance. Combined with a darker palette, it makes an utterly bewitching sight at this time of year.
A recent shoot with star East End baker, Lily Vanilli (featuring her fabulously gory bleeding heart cake) depicts just how roses can be styled to create a decidedly devilish finish. Lily heads up a delicious weekend bakery just off London’s famous Columbia Road Market and is a must for patisserie lovers. She is also rather a big fan of Halloween – check out her Instagram for decoration inspiration!