Yacht flower trends and choosing the right bouquet
Last updated: 07/06/2017
Is there such a thing as the perfect bouquet of flowers or stand-out arrangement? Following advice from the professionals will always help to produce beautiful results for the home or superyacht, but, with such a large selection of flowers available worldwide, it can truly be difficult for beginners to choose and arrange the perfect bouquet.
Should you decide to arrange your own or re-arrange a professional bouquet, Maud from Création Florale suggested, “When making a bouquet or composition, play a little with the height of the flowers and use the flowers the way they grow in nature. To make an elegant and exiting bouquet, mix flowers and green with different shapes.”
How to choose the right flowers for your yacht
With luxury and decadence at the heart of the yachting industry, every last detail presents an opportunity to indulge in elegance and style. Sumptuous interiors and gourmet cuisine, high-end finishing touches like fresh flowers add life and create a charming ambience whilst on board, so how do you choose the right flowers for your yacht or occasion?
Fresh flowers add an extra dimension of beauty and grandeur to the already luxurious interiors of superyachts. For parties and celebrations, they can also help to illustrate themes and add a sense of theatre.
Yacht flowers are delivered to destinations worldwide on a daily basis. A myriad of flower types and styles are available from traditional designs with demure shades and presentation, to exotic arrangements, encompassing a magical array of colours and textures.
The style and atmosphere of the yacht will be the starting point, from which the flower arrangements are created. Florists will work with crew to discuss the needs, budget and preferences of the client and if applicable, the nature of the event or celebration. Generally, clients tend to lean towards local and organic flowers.
It's important that crew work extremely closely with florists in order to deliver exceptional bespoke flower compositions.
Gourmet Deliveries explained that it sources fresh flowers from designer Chou Chou, allowing it to create long-lasting unique concepts, tailored specifically to the needs of each individual client.
Its florists explained that a good florist will deliver worldwide, and can meet any need from colour-drenched-tropical bouquets of Birds of Paradise and Orchids, to classical but nonetheless magnificent compositions of Roses and Peonies. Greenery can then be added to the exterior of the yacht with ornamental topiary pot plants and trees to create a desired effect.
Compact designs and tropical flowers work very well on superyachts. To ensure a long life and preserve flower arrangements, the crew should ensure that the flowers being delivered are fresh. The water should be checked regularly and flowers kept away from the direct sunlight or air vents where possible. Find more tips for looking after superyacht flowers here.
It's a good idea to have a stewardess specialisting in floristry employed on board, or send a crewmember on a yacht floristry course, so that they learn how to pull out wilted flowers from the arrangement without changing the theme.
Worldwide flower trends and displays
Like fashion trends, electronic trends, or Google trends, we all like to be up-to-date with the worlds latest and best. Flowers are no exception. Edith from Enchantment Florist tells us a little about worldwide flower trends.
Ikebana wall-mounted displays
The floristry industry has begun to see a rise in the demand for Ikebana wall-mounted interior flower designs, or ‘Plantlers’ like those pictured above.
Inspired by Japanese flower arrangement practice Ikebana, an ancient Japanese art of harmonious flower arrangement, offers beauty and simplicity that will brighten up any space in the yacht's interior. These designs tend to be simple and minimalistic.
Tropical floral arrangements
Tropical flower arrangements can be both low and tall. In the tropics, the bright sunshine and vibrant colour combinations offered by Heliconias (lobster claws), and Gloriosa Lilies are just sensational. Such colours provide a surprisingly enchanted feel when set against a clashing fuchsia paint and a lemon-yellow colour.
A pavé floral arrangement can come in many shapes and sizes; Its name describes the proximity of the flowers to one another. The style of such an arrangement is dense, maybe even a little crowded with flowers, however because the pavé look and overall feel is clean, tailored, luxurious and sophisticated, it lends itself well to elegant occasions.
Less is more with some flower arrangements
Lilly Bavay from Florexotica said, “We are seeing our clients choose less flowers, but more elegant and extravagant vases and containers to complement their yachts. I have also worked with preserved flowers, especially Roses, which are natural but treated to last months.”
Orchids come in very weird and wonderful varieties. If you don’t know about them already, take a look at the Ophrys Apifera Orchid, the Dracula Simia, the Phalaenopsis and the Ophrys Insectifera.
Lorna Webster, owner of Blooming Things has seen a considerable growth in the sale of orchid plants. She said, “Over the past five years or so, I am getting more and more requests for Orchids, lots of Orchids! I'm seeing more of all-white arrangements also, both plants and cut flowers, however the request for arrangements can differ from each individual vessel I work with.”
Lorna continued, “A top tip for taking care of Orchid plants is do not over water! These plants should only be watered once a month or so. Many stewardesses will know that they can be quite tricky to take care of until you get the hang of it."