Seeing magnolias in bloom is one of the heartwarming sights of winter. For garden lovers and florists alike, the arrival of these luminous white and pink blooms – typically in August – is eagerly anticipated each year.
It’s the ephemeral nature of magnolia flowers that makes them so special, says Sydney florist Fleur Vander Straaten of Summers Floral. “We’re always really excited when they arrive at the markets,” says Fleur, who has teamed two-toned pink Chinese magnolias with silver-lavender ‘Secret Garden’ roses and burgundy-coloured cymbidium orchids for this display. Set against a backdrop of cloud-like Osborne & Little ‘Marmara’ wallpaper in midnight blue, it makes for a rich and dreamy composition. “These are lovely warm tones for winter,” says Fleur. “They complement each other and look gorgeous in a home with an open fire.”
While magnolias happily mix with other warmtoned blooms, their goblet-shaped flowers and gnarly branches make them perfect solo performers, too. “They make such a statement on their own,” says Fleur. summersfloral.com or @summersfloral