There is perhaps nothing more beautiful than fresh flowers. Their ease of growing and accessibility makes them even more lovable. Often, they can add a stronger pop of colour than typical wall colour, they come in more varieties than a lot of decor, and they finally give you a reason to use all of those gorgeous vases you couldn't help but buy!
Having freshly-cut flowers in your living room, bedroom and hallway can make your space more welcoming, and it shows that you're willing to go the extra mile to make your space look fresh and ready for anything. Whether or not you have access to fresh flower markets or wonderful floral boutiques could be a part of the problem of a lack of flowers in your home—but luckily for you, you can grow them yourself with ease—and they don't require as much maintenance as you might think!
Take the time to grow your own plants and flowers and the benefits will be endless, as well as the feeling of pure accomplishment for giving and providing life for something that now adds to the beauty of your home!
Ranunculus as a genus consists of over 600 types of blooming flowers and arrangements—some grow naturally in fields and forests and others grow on flower farms in near-perfect conditions. The pink ranunculus pictured here are called
Persian Buttercup, although most simply refer to them as
ranunculus because they are the most popular type.
Ranunculus grow best in spring, but can also continue growing well into summer with good conditions. Most ranunculus are perennial, but occasionally you can find some that are annual or biannual, depending on your needs. Popular in flower markets and floral shops, buttercup ranunculus are typically easy to find—and are usually in abundance right after tulip season starts dying down. Ranunculus come in a wide range of colours, and usually do best with plenty of sun exposure and a daily dose of watering.
For your home, ranunculus are perfect to mix in random bouquets, or left alone. With plenty of water and a good vase, ranunculus should last you for up to two to three weeks!
Tulips! Everyone knows that fresh tulip markets and bouquets mean that spring is upon us! Tulips are an incredible flower with about 75 species currently recognized. Tulips thrive well in sunlight and damp environments—but unfortunately, once chopped and brought inside, they will typically last around one week.
Tulips are a beautiful flower with a wide range of colours and even marbled colour mixtures! They're preppy, fun and are the first flowers you should bring into your home as a sign of spring. Tulips also have the most interesting history of any other flower on this list. When tulips were first introduced to Western Europe a period, now referred to as
tulip mania, began. At one point in Holland, tulips were so valuable that they were used as a form of currency and even now, most canal-side homes in Amsterdam were recorded as having been paid for in tulips!
Tip: Want to get more longevity out of your tulips? Buy them when they're young—you'll know they're young because they will be quite closed up! This way, they should last you up to three weeks without any issues!
Roses are red, violets are blue, you should put roses in your home, too! By far the most internationally recognized and familiar flowers, roses have come a long way in their history. Historically representative of romance and love, roses now come in quite a few sizes and more colours than we can name!
Roses are a more expensive bouquet option on this list, but with proper care, watering and food, a great rose bouquet can last in your home for almost an entire month! In the bouquet pictured here you see pink, yellow and red roses mixed with various other colours and flowers—proving that they're incredibly versatile!
If you choose to grow your own roses—that's great too! Roses are best bought in bulb-form (if you're feeling daring and are a great gardener you can try seedlings!) and planted in early spring—but only after you're sure that the seasons of snow and frost are over! Roses do well in direct sunlight for long periods of time and with very moist soil—so keep the water coming! One or two rose bulbs can fit perfectly in medium- to larger-sized pots and look great on balconies and in entrance ways!
If you have plenty of space for gardening, why not grow a magical rose garden like the one pictured here!
Usually used as a garden plant, or fresh-cut flowers included in bouquets and home decor, the daisy is one versatile little guy! The daisy comes in a variety of colours and grows on multiple continents, helping their popularity grow! As for interior design, the Gerber daisy is one of the most popular options for florists, interior designers and even wedding planners.
Daisies are a typical spring and summer flower, being found at floral shops and flower markets from late March until late summer. They're easy to maintain as long as you have bright sun and remember to water them—in home garden environments they tend to easily spread and grow in clusters, making them a great choice for taking up chunks of garden space and for adding a good amount of colour.
Love daisies so much you want to incorporate them into your permanent interior design? Check out this beautiful rug that's perfect for spring and summer use!
Similar to the ranunculus, Peonies are a powerful flower offering a lot of volume and grandeur. Native to Asia, most of Southern Europe and North Africa, peonies have become a household flower and garden staple.
Starting off small and expanding to fill entire bouquet areas, peonies are a great flower to use either alone or in a mixed bouquet, as seen in this example. Peonies are great to grow or purchase fresh-cut. However, be careful about where and how you plant them, as they are an incredibly delicate flower. Plant them in deep, fertile soil that has a balanced pH level—and make sure that they're not susceptible to strong winds or other plants, as their foliage and petals are highly delicate.
Lasting all spring and summer long, with large amounts of foliage and a wide-circumference bloom, the peonies are a magnificent flower to include in your gardening and interior design collection!
Check out this vase of peonies to see just how large their bloom can get!
French hydrangea are pictured here and they are by far the most common type of hydrangea used in planting and gardening. Typically blooming in late-spring, early-summer the hydrangea has a short bloom life—however, there are new species out now that can bloom for 10 to 12 weeks longer than the average hydrangea plant.
Hydrangea do well in warm climates, however if you choose to buy a species that blooms longer, they can survive in cooler climates as well. Hydrangea come in pink, white, blue, purple and off-shades of all the aforementioned colours, making them a great addition to your home during any season. They also have a long life once freshly-cut, lasting for several weeks with clean water and a great vase. They also won't leave a mess as they're dying—their petals stay put during the whole process, making clean-up easier and more manageable!
For more gardening inspiration, check out how to design your garden for entertaining!