Flowers

The British Lisianthus by Okishima & Simmonds

Written by Alastair Owen
June 16, 2014

Chikae Okishima-Howlands and Jessica Simmonds, the founders of Okishima & Simmonds, are dismantling the traditional notion of seasonal British flowers and re-imagining them for a new generation.

Their background in fine art seems to allow them freedom to imagine beyond rules. For British Flowers Week, Okishima & Simmonds have re-invented the florist's classic flower: the lisianthus.

Okishima & Simmonds Preparing their British Flower Week Designs at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Why lisianthus? "Lisianthus are so versatile, the colour palette is so broad and they last for such a long time," says Jessica. "You can arrange them with anything, wire the flowerheads individually, or use the swirling tight buds on the long stems for movement in a design. And British lisianthus have longer stems and nicer flowerheads somehow."

The 'Lizzy' Headdress

Featured by the Daily Telegraph, this striking headdress is a dramatic combination of lisianthus, peonies, sweet peas, grasses and trailing amaranthus on a framework of magnolia twigs.

Okishima & Simmonds' 'Lizzy' headdress designed for British Flowers Week at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Okishima & Simmonds' 'Lizzy' headdress designed for British Flowers Week at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Okishima & Simmonds' 'Lizzy' headdress designed for British Flowers Week at New Covent Garden Flower Market

A Skull-full of Lisianthus

Lisianthus, honesty, amaranthus, rosa mutabils and antler-like magnolia cloak this replica deer-skull from C Best.

Okishima & Simmonds' skull-full of Lisianthus designed for British Flowers Week at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Okishima & Simmonds' skull-full of Lisianthus designed for British Flowers Week at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Okishima & Simmonds' skull-full of Lisianthus designed for British Flowers Week at New Covent Garden Flower Market

The Lisianthus Cloche Garden

Like a Victorian terrarium, this mini garden of deep purple and apricot lisianthus, magnolia branches on a slab of birch is home to a mini house and even a mini car, if you look carefully.

Okishima & Simmonds' Lisianthus Cloche Garden designed for British Flowers Week at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Okishima & Simmonds' Lisianthus Cloche Garden designed for British Flowers Week at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Okishima & Simmonds' Lisianthus Cloche Garden designed for British Flowers Week at New Covent Garden Flower Market

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