PICK OF THE BUNCH

Fond of flow­ers but no idea where to be­gin? We asked three flo­ral artists about their top choices when it comes to in­cred­i­ble bou­quets.

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Where to be­gin with your flow­ers? These florists have you cov­ered

ANNA & RACHAEL LYNCH

THE LIT­TLE FLOWER SHOP, AUCK­LAND Lo­cated in Auck­land, The Lit­tle Flower Shop not only pro­vides beau­ti­ful blooms, but stocks a care­fully cu­rated se­lec­tion of lovely pots and plants for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, dé­cor-wise.

IF YOU WERE GET­TING MAR­RIED SOON, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR HERO FLOWER IN YOUR BOU­QUET AND WHY?

It might not sound very ex­cit­ing but we couldn’t go past a beau­ti­ful blush rose as the hero (or ob­vi­ously a pe­ony if it was a Novem­ber wed­ding)!

WHAT IS A FLOWER THAT BRIDES DON’T OF­TEN THINK OF THAT WORKS BEAU­TI­FULLY IN A BOU­QUET?

An orchid in the right shade can look stun­ning in a bridal bou­quet (we adore the bur­gundy cym­bid­ium).

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FO­LIAGE? We love eu­ca­lyp­tus with ev­ery­thing. Trai ling jas­mine vine is an­other favourite. And it’s not strictly speak­ing fo­liage, but Queen Anne’s lace is al­ways pretty in a bou­quet.

JO­LENE

ES­TELLE FLOW­ERS, DUNEDIN Es­telle Flow­ers is an en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious busi­ness, re­cy­cling green waste and choos­ing sea­sonal and lo­cally grown flow­ers when pos­si­ble.

IF YOU WERE GET­TING MAR­RIED SOON WHAT WOULD BE YOUR HERO FLOWER IN YOUR BOU­QUET AND WHY?

White hy­acinths. They are del­i­cate, fem­i­nine and have a beau­ti­ful fra­grance.

WHAT IS A FLOWER THAT BRIDES DON’T OF­TEN THINK OF THAT WORKS BEAU­TI­FULLY IN A BOU­QUET?

Del­phini­ums if the bou­quet is long-line and nat­u­ral, or wa­ter lilies to give an ex­otic deco vibe.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FO­LIAGE? Mag­no­lia be­cause of its broad, glossy green leaf and brown vel­vety un­der­side. It brings warmth, so­phis­ti­ca­tion and tex­ture to bou­quets.

KRISTEN SOMERVILLE

XOX FLO­RAL, TAUPO Kristen loves the raw, nat­u­ral beauty of the out­doors and uses this aes­thetic to guide her work. She gath­ers most of her flow­ers and fo­liage lo­cally, which gives her bou­quets a wild, botan­i­cal look.

IF YOU WERE GET­TING MAR­RIED SOON WHAT WOULD BE YOUR HERO FLOWER IN YOUR BOU­QUET AND WHY?

It would be a Lime­light pro­tea be­cause it’s so beau­ti­fully un­der­stated and per­fectly suited to this time of year. I love the con­trast in colours be­tween the pearl white and bur­gundy and be­cause its pe­tal tips are so soft and vel­vety, it re­minds me of a cosy fur rug. I also love the fact that it adds gor­geous tex­ture and in­trigue to a bou­quet with­out be­ing ‘pretty’ in the tra­di­tional sense.

WHAT IS A FLOWER THAT BRIDES DON’T OF­TEN THINK OF THAT WORKS BEAU­TI­FULLY IN A BOU­QUET?

I love us­ing Leu­ca­den­drons be­cause they add a dif­fer­ent el­e­ment; they’re struc­tured and flower-like with­out be­ing flow­ers. Sa­fari sun­set is a beau­ti­ful al­ter­na­tive to a red rose, and some of the lit­tle va­ri­eties can al­most sub­sti­tute for spray roses, plus they’re hardy, they can be dried, easy to grow and gen­er­ally not too ex­pen­sive to buy.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FO­LIAGE? Nan­d­ina was my favourite last win­ter, but re­cently I’ve dis­cov­ered Leu­cothoe. The colours in the leaves are just in­cred­i­ble, plus it has gor­geous lit­tle clus­ters of bell- shaped flow­ers. Best of all, it seems to grow well in Taupo.

I love us­ing Leu­ca­den­drons be­cause they add a dif­fer­ent el­e­ment; they’re struc­tured and flower-like with­out be­ing flow­ers.

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