Brighten up your home with flowers and foliage in spring

Spring is here and blossoms are bursting into life – what better way to welcome the new season than a beautiful floral display? Check out our ideas on how to showcase flowers and cut blooms, get crafty with foliage and look after your precious plants.

Bunnings magazine, October 2019
Annuals

Introduce a riot of hues into your home with ‘potted colour’ annuals

Look for annual varieties of nemesia, iberis, diascia, bacopa or cineraria. Slip the plastic pots into planters and, for a long-lasting display, ensure they receive plenty of sunlight.

Table with flower centerpeices

Make a centrepiece for your table

To make these table centrepieces, we painted elegant terracotta bowls , then cut floral foam (available from florist suppliers and craft stores) to fit inside. Once soaked, we trimmed stems of roses, carnations and daisies at differing heights with pointed ends, and inserted them in the foam – all standing smartly to attention.

Create a wall hanging out of an olive-branch wreaths

You’ll need galvanised metal rings (in 500mm and 225mm sizes, available from craft stores) to shape this impressive wreath display. We wrapped olive branches around the rings, securing with florist’s wire, and suspended them using rustic sisal rope. Leftover olive branches were informally arranged in an urn to form a bushy backdrop to the magnolia.

Wreath

Enjoy the beauty and scent of magnolias inside and out

Look for smaller varieties like ‘Little Gem’ or ‘Ruby’ and grow outside. Placed on a pot trolley, they can be wheeled indoors – just for the day.

Make your mantelpiece look new again with a display

We sanded off the old finish, filled any cracks and gave the piece a fresh coat of British Paints low-sheen White.

flowers

Extend the life of your cut blooms with some floristry TLC

Remove any leaves that might become immersed in water, trim stems at an angle either underwater or beneath a running tap, and place immediately in your water-filled vase. Keep away from direct sunlight and draughts, at a temperature of 18–22°C, retrimming the stems and changing the water every few days.

Screen star

There’s no prettier room divider than a garden lattice threaded with pastel-pink blooms. Leave the timber raw for a rustic appeal.

Trellis screening with flowers

For a twist on traditional ‘floral’ displays, use fruiting branches

Cumquats are ideal, as the fruits are lightweight and contrast beautifully against the glossy green foliage. For different options, try lilly pilly, olive trees or beautyberry (Callicarpa sp.)

Long-lasting cut flowers

Banksias, callistemons, waratahs and waxflowers are great. Pair with eucalypt, tea-tree or similar native foliage and be rewarded with scent, too.

Flowers

Grow your own lemons

For fruit to form, you will need to grow dwarf lemons outdoors in full sun so they have access to natural pollinators such as bees, birds and wind, and then bring them inside as a temporary display. If growing indoors, ensure they receive 8–10 hours of sun per day.

Lemon Tree

Time to add some flowers and foliage into your space

Feeling inspired now? Pop into your local Bunnings and start creating your own floral decorated spaces in the home. For more plant inspo, check out our range of plants online.

Photo credit: Cath Muscat

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