Having spent the past few months in the sun, we soften the transition to indoors by keeping nature close by as we move into the cooler months. Embrace the changing season, and fill your house with warm bouquets of flowers. Take inspiration from this list of classic autumn flowers.
Rose bushes produce marvellous fruit, called rosehips. When the summer flowers have died back, these interesting, sculptural berries take centre stage. They are essential ingredients in any autumn bouquet. Did you know a bunch of rosehips symbolises waiting for your true love?
When it comes to autumn, purple is definitely the new green. It feels like the last drops of summer have soaked into Callicarpa’s tiny bright berries. These bursts of purple are a pleasant surprise in any seasonal autumn bouquet, where the fresh bright colours of spring and summer are swapped for darker shades of brown and red. Commonly known as beautyberries, they make the change of season very easy on the eye indeed.
With red-orange Physalis decorating shop windows, autumn is in full swing. It’s instantly clear where the common name Chinese lantern plant comes from: the cheerful fruit is wrapped in leaves shaped like a natural paper lantern, whose glowing flame colour makes it appear lit up by a candle. In the past, the Chinese grew these plants in their homes to drive away bad spirits, believing the lanterns imprisoned the ghosts. Enjoy these stems freshly cut or dry them at home — it’s very easy to do so.
The pincushion flower, or scabiosa, helps soften the shock of autumn. When it’s cold and raining outdoors, brighten your home with these fabulous flowers in shades of white, yellow, red, blue and purple. The dancing petals of this cheerful upright field flower with its sweet pinhead stamens will capture the attention of the whole room.
These joyous flowers erupt in all directions. The female blooms sit proudly in the centre, surrounded by a group of attentive male flowers. Euphorbia, also known as spurge, has around 2,300 varieties so there are plenty of stems to choose from. Take your pick of various autumnal colours: yellow, orange, red and white.
The blooms of the beautiful crocosmia, flaming brightly on the stem in a comb of flowers, capture the whole astounding colour palette of the season. Create sculptural arrangements in the vase with stems in every shade, from soft orange to deep red, all filled with the warmth of autumn. A delightfully fiery flower!
For a long-lasting flower arrangement, include hypericum and watch it work its magic. After flowering, this plant produces beautiful berries on the branch, awarding you two bouquet styles in one. The berries will create depth, texture and contrast in an arrangement of softer petals, and their transformational qualities make this the perfect low-maintenance autumn flower.
A pretty bouquet of field flowers is a genuine crowd-pleaser. This is especially true in autumn, when summer meadows have disappeared and wildflowers are thin on the ground. For a seasonal variety with bold shapes and soothing shades, put Veronica on your list of stems. This bloom will lend a relaxed, laid-back feel to any gentle bouquet.