Is it ever excusable to display fake flowers rather than real ones? I live in a city flat and can’t wander into the garden with a trug to cut fresh blooms or pick blossom at dawn from the hedgerow, and there are times when buying from the florist is beyond my budget. Fake flowers could fill that gap, perhaps?
Answer in brief: chosen carefully and used with discretion, artificial flowers are a sensible and lovely option. There is no shame in a vase of faux flowers. They have come a long way from crude plastic stems and dusty, felted leaves. Interior designer Abigail Ahern (abigailahern.com), for example, champions artificial flowers and her range of wilder-looking blooms, including hops, mimosa and mossy branches, are lovely and natural-looking. Neptune (neptune.com) has all manner of realistic flower stems, including white and dusty coloured roses, ranunculus and magnolia, as well as twigs and sprays that can be used alone or combined with fresh flowers to plump up a bouquet.
Faux hydrangeas, £19 per stem, neptune.com