Flowers

The hottest floral trends for 2020

Written by Rona Wheeldon
January 20, 2020

Find out about the hottest trends in flowers, foliage, plants and sundries with our annual round-up of New Covent Garden Market traders' views.

British flowers, bleached foliage, dried flowers, houseplants and silk flowers are all proving to be big hits! Read on to discover more.

FLOWERS

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British Flowers

Traders report that the demand for British flowers continues to grow. And this is reflected in last summer's report which announced that British flowers now account for 14% of all flowers sold in the UK, up from 12% in 2015! The British Flowers Week campaign, which was founded by New Covent Garden Market in 2013, has been integral to this renaissance of interest in homegrown blooms.

And with the continuing trend for meadowesque, natural-looking flowers, we predict that 2020 will also see British blooms being in their element! With peak availability from May to October, homegrown flowers in some form are available throughout the year, with the main suppliers being Pratley (pictured below) and Zest Flowers.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market British Flowers At Pratley

Dried Flowers & Grasses

Another trend which has been gaining momentum is dried flowers and grasses. And the ever-growing range of different varieties has aided this huge revival. Whether it's Helichrysum, Spray Roses, Lavender, Statice or Rodanthe, you'll find it available at Nine Elms. Plus dried Pampas grass is proving to be heavily sought after, not only in a range of different colours, but also in its natural state of cream.

The two main suppliers are Porters Foliage and Lavenders of Covent Garden, both pictured below. However, you'll also find availability at some of our other wholesalers. For more details about this trend, you may like to take a read of A florist's guide to dried and preserved flowers, foliage and grasses.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Assorted Dried Flowers At Porters Foliage
The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Dried Flowers And Grasses At Lavenders Of Covent Garden

Colour

From Apricot & Nude to Toffee & Brown

Several of the traders have noticed an increase in demand for flowers in the colour palette of apricot and nude through to toffee and brown. Popular rose choices in these shades are Sahara, pictured below, in addition to Combo and Toffee varieties...

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Sahara Roses At Bloomfield

Plus Caramel Carnations, pictured below, together with the Copper Extasis, are favourites too.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Caramel Carnations At Bloomfield

Varieties of brown Lisianthus are also very much in demand. Head to these Instagram accounts for examples of beautiful designs in this range of colours : Urban Flower Co and Grace & Thorn.

Rich Black & Deep Aubergine

Whereas in previous years, shades of apricot and dark, moody colours have featured separately in arrangements, lately there's been a movement towards mixing these tones together in designs, both using flowers and foliage. For example, using Black Baccara roses...

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Black Baccara Roses At Bloomfield

...and Anemone Mistral Bordeaux.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Anemone Mistral Bordeaux At Bloomfield

Check out these stunning examples at the McQueens Flower School and That Flower Shop.

Varieties

Limonium

Two different types of Limonium are becoming florists' favourite fillers and the first one echoes the current trend for the apricot colourway. It's Limonium sinuatum Sinuet Honey Apricot.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Limonium Sinuatum Sinuet Honey Apricot At Bloomfield

And the second variety is the well-known Limonium Beltlaard, which is perfect for adding an ethereal touch to a design.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Limonium Beltlaard At Bloomfield

Butterfly Ranunculus

First introduced in 2017, when in season, Butterfly Ranunculus are highly sought after. With their lustrous petals in yellow, peach, orange, pink and red, they're starting to reappear again this month at Nine Elms! Keep a look-out for this stunning variety called Theseus.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Theseus Butterfly Ranunculus

French Tulips

Another nod to the trend for apricot flowers can be found in this particular variety of French Tulip called Menton.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Menton French Tulips At Zest Flowers

FOLIAGE

The beauty of being seasonal is that as each season begins, there's a flourish of new greenery gracing our foliage specialists' stands. So it can be tricky to specify obvious trends. However, the following foliage proved to be very much in demand last year and is predicted to continue to be popular in 2020.

Mimosa

Mimosa Moonlight, pictured below, with its yellow flowers, together with Acacia Baileyana (purple) and Acacia Denis Boden (pale grey) are proving to be a hit with customers.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Mimosa Moonlight At Gb Foliage

And English Myrtle too is going down a storm...

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market British Myrtle At Gb Foliage

Eucalyptus, in all its different forms, is much in demand, ranging from homegrown Eucalyptus parvifolia (pictured below) and Eucalyptus nicholii...

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market British Eucalyptus Parvifolia At Gb Foliage

to Eucalyptus Populus with its miniature berries (pictured below), Eucalyptus cinerea and Eucalyptus stuartiana from further afield.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Eucalyptus Populus At Gb Foliage

Bleached foliage, including Ruscus, Broom, Bearded Wheat and Teasels, is proving to be extremely sought after. Take a look at these wonderful design for inspiration : Joanne Truby Floral Design.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Assorted Bleach Foliage At Porters Foliage

PLANTS

Houseplants

Demand for indoor plants at New Covent Garden Market continues to build up pace. The ever-growing interest in decorating homes with greenery is a result of interior design trends and many young people's desire to have something to nurture and care for, some of whom may not remember the 1970's houseplant trend!

Social media also plays its valuable part with hashtags such as #houseplants and #plantsofinstagram being used in their millions! The craze for hanging plants too shows no sign of abating. For example, Rhipsalis pulchra, as pictured here with Dean at Quality Plants.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Dean At Quality Plants With Rhipsalis Pulchra Plants

Supersized, show-stopping specimen plants, like Alocasia zebrina with its giant leaves and contrasting stems, are increasing in popularity.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Alocasia Zebrina At Quality Plants

Lofty Schefflera plants, with the common name of Umbrella plants, are also flying off the shelves.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Schefflera At Evergreen

Also fuelled no doubt by the impact of social media, the trend for Calathea plants is picking up speed. On Instagram alone, there are over 168K posts with the #calathea hashtag!

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Calathea At Arnott Mason

Miniature varieties of houseplants in 6cm pots like these Maranta leuconeura Amabilis, which are suitable for terrariums have been sought after! They're being used not only at terrarium-making workshops, but also sold in ready-made terrariums.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Small Maranta Leuconeura Amabilis At Arnott Mason

In the same vein are these small Peperomia caperata plants.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Small Peperomia Caperata At Arnott Mason

Sansevieria (pictured below), Ferns, Monstera and Kentia palms are also very on trend at the moment.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Sansevieria At Evergreen

SUNDRIES

Sustainable Floristry

Sustainable floristry, sometimes referred to as environmental or green floristry, is currently a very popular movement in the floristry industry. If you're looking for a foam-free way of creating a tablecentre, The Flower Store (part of Bloomfield) have a wonderful selection of recycled plastic vases in different sizes with pillow cages to support your flowers and foliage. Chicken wire is also proving to be a real hit for that Constance Spry-esque look to vase arrangements.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Pillow Cages At Bloomfield The Flower Store Jpg 1

Silk Flowers

The trend for faux blooms continues to grow. These 'ever-lasting' flowers are the perfect floral ingredient for flower walls and shop window displays. And not just stems, but also faux plants are proving to be a big hit, with the amazing life-like quality of Phalaenopsis orchid plants in particular.

The Hottest Flowers Foliage Plants Sundries Trends For 2020 Rona Wheeldon Flowerona New Covent Garden Flower Market Assorted Silk Flowers At Whittingtons

So, that's our annual round-up of the hottest trends in flowers, foliage, plants and sundries for 2020! We hope you enjoyed this comprehensive overview. And don't forget, if you need any assistance whatsoever, simply send an email to hello@cgma.co.uk or call us on 020 7720 2211.

P.S. For those who completed the Flower Market survey we are analysing the results and will be sharing industry findings with you soon.

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