Flower Trends

Chris Moore and Tracey Deep reveal what's currently hot in the world of flowers:


  • single flowers (that is, one perfect specimen)

  • textural, unusual and rare

  • big, architectural, sculptural

  • simple and streamlined

  • colour


  • fussiness

  • pastel colours

  • carnations

  • chrysanthemums

  • babies breath

What flowers have seen a rise and fall in popularity?

60s - chrysanthemums were the first flowers grown on mass and put into cold storage. They were long-lasting and bred in colours appealing to the era (such as yellow). They had an 'earth mother' feel. Now, the chrysanthemum is relegated to cemeteries, supermarkets and, unfortunately, mother's day.

70s - carnations were cheap, big, fluffy, bold and brassy. It was a zany time and carnations fitted the era perfectly. However, the carnation was overused and often paired with babies breath. People tired of this flower and now you can only find it sold in supermarkets.

80s - the 80s "Me Me" generation wanted everything big - hair, shoulder pads and even flowers. So lilies, oriental and casablancas came to the fore. Big, expensive, over-the-top arrangements were the rage. Flowers were no exception in this, the era of excess.

90s - suddenly minimalism and the one leaf, one stem became popular. We are still in this era of floral zen.

Future Trends

There will be less use of flowers, if any. Simpler pieces like succulents will be used, focusing more on what would now be considered the' back-drop', such as leaves. There will be more permanent pieces and less use of vases in favour of pieces that stand on their own. People will stick to classic lines while bringing a lot more colour into the home.

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