Whether you’ve got five minutes or an hour to spare, refresh any space in an instant with our new-season flowers. Flowers editor Emma Sleight and flower stylist Liz Belton share their decorating tips and tricks
If you find yourself sticking flowers in the same old vase time and time again, try this quick trick to give your bunch maximum impact.
Split a large bouquet of single-origin flowers, such as these purple and cream tulips, into three bunches and tie them with ribbon. Choose a selection of vases in various shapes and sizes and trim the stems so the heads of your flowers sit just under the rim of the vase.
Top tip: Refresh the water every two to three days and keep them away from the fruit bowl – ripening fruit gives off an odourless gas called ethylene that encourages flowers to drop their petals.
Turn a simple arrangement into art by adding a splash of colour to our ceramic flower jugs. Try metallic silver paint for the kitchen or soft pastel spots for your bedroom.
We created drips of colour by coating brushes in ceramic paint and drawing around the lip of the jug. Dip the base of the jugs in puddles of paint for a homemade finish.
Top tip: Cut the stems of your blooms before adding them to the arrangement and remember to strip off any leaves that fall below the neck of the jug as they’ll taint the water.Shop indoor plants
If you’ve got some extra time and a bunch of single stems, this surprisingly easy idea gives you wow-worthy results.
Assemble a collection of jars and bottles and loop lengths of ribbon around the necks, leaving a good amount of ribbon free so you can hang them up. Cut your blooms three to four inches under the head and cluster in odd numbers in the vessels with a little water in the base. Then hang them up – they’ll look especially pretty draped over hooks in your kitchen.
Top tip: Warm water helps tightly closed flower heads like roses to open up.Shop roses
This romantic hanging bough delivers high-end dinner party-ready drama and makes a perfect wedding table centrepiece. Best of all it can be recreated at home.
Hunt out a long, slender branch from the garden and wrap water-soaked oasis around sections of the wood, securing with chicken wire. Cover the oasis with blooms and foliage of your choice – we created bursts of colour using large avalanche roses, fronds of silvery eucalyptus (available in store) and orange tulips.
Top tip: Start your arrangement from the base up and walk around the display as you work.Shop flowers and plants
Photographer: Carolyn Barber / Stylist: Liz Belton