We love flowers. I mean, we reeeeally love flowers. They have the ability to make someone’s day, make a house look like a home and just look so damn pretty. Sydney has its fair share of florists, so TBH this list was hard to cull, but here are our favourite florists in Sydney.
Welcoming us to the arty side of floristry is Oh Flora in Leichhardt. With wild bouquets (all the rage) and an emphasis on editorial as well as wedding/event-style arrangements, Oh Flora is an easy choice. You can also sign up to hanging string garden (kokedamas) workshops and order fresh-cut flower crowns for your next garden party.
If you weren’t already on your way to Glebe for The Wedge Espresso or Sappho Books, you will be soon, thanks to Seed Flora. Settled into a former church on Bay Street, Seed Flora are all about big, fresh arrangements with a personalised and arty touch that is perfect for weddings and events.
Whether it’s simple blooms or elegant bouquets, Mr. Cook has you covered. Florist Sean Cook’s resume includes Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, high-fashion editorial and runway designs plus mags like Belle and Vogue Living. He’s still available for your Big Day or a casual order though. Check out their Instagram for the most amazing hanging displays this side of a jungle.
Maggie May Flowers
The flowers at Maggie May tend to float towards the girlie side of things: snapdragons, sweet peas, hyacinths, with a few natives thrown in for good measure. When they’re not crafting arrangements for weddings, events and private orders, they’re teaching flower workshops culminating in a healthy dose of cheese and wine (as should all workshops). Now to get Rod Stewart’s ‘Maggie May’ out of our heads.
If you fancy a healthy balance of green fronds and native buds in your arrangements Myflowerman is the place for you. They’re going strong with an emphasis on clean, white and green formations so pop on into their shop in Paddington or check out previous client arrangements with Tigerlily, Bassike, Vogue Australia and H&M Australia.
Remember that chick in high school who was equal parts cool and friendly? Yeah, that’s Sophia Kaplan. Working in both Sydney and Paris and specialising in events, weddings, photo shoots and one-of-a-kinds, Sophia is the one to see for fresh astrantia, chocolate cosmos (sadly not edible) and a variety of wildflowers. Be sure to check out her blog too.
Willow + Bear
Offering a similar deal to The Daily Bunch, Willow + Bear are here with the pep offering two pre-designed, fresh arrangements a week (by limiting choice they’re able to keep waste and cost down i.e. more flowers for us). Order yourself a petite, abundant or bountiful arrangement. BYO Valencia filter.
Doctor Cooper Studio
If you’re the kind of flower aficionado who prefers a resemblance to fine art, you’ve come to the right place. Owner Lisa Cooper is a florist, artist, author, doctor of philosophy and a permanent artist-in-residence at Carriageworks in Eveleigh. Basically, you’re getting the best of the best (she’s crafted arrangements for Cate Blanchett and Tiffany and Co.) with a philosophical touch.
Floristry may not be the best profession for your social life (you’ve got to be up and at ‘em to score the best blooms) but the offerings from Hermetica Flowers prove the hard work and early starts are worth it. Bouquets range from simple to opulent and vary in style including bright and bold, indigenous, seasonal posy and soft.
Well and truly earning every single one of their 60K Instagram followers are Grandiflora. Focussing on drama, scale and curation over a ‘stick this here and that there’ approach, Grandiflora have been around since 1995, and will continue to lead the way with books, fragrances and of course, stand-out flowers.
Susan Avery Flowers and Events
Susan Avery has two main offerings for the indecisive guy or gal, vase or seasonal bouquet. Beyond that, there are only a few choices to make as each comes in three sizes and three varieties: whites, pastels or brights. Simple. Regardless of choice, we can guarantee it’s fresh, bespoke and tip top (they provided flowers for Moulin Rouge so you know it’s solid).
Buds & Bowers
Buds & Bowers focuses on exuberant designs in a whole spectrum of colours, sculptural textures and subtle fragrances. These are flowers with a (seriously beautiful) difference. Our favourites include their native bouquets because who doesn’t love a bunch of natives?
My Violet (or MV for short) offers bespoke arrangements that even the Queen would look twice at. With colours ranging from vibrant to pastels and deep jewel-like creations, the opulent flowers here will class up any household. They’ll also make your special someone veryyyy happy.
By appointment only, this florist is something truly spectacular (and exclusive). Trille Floral is all about showing how beautiful the simplicity of nature can truly be, with a focus on loose, naturally-styled arrangements and loads of greenery to boot.
Latin for ‘let flourish’, Floreat is the master of blossomy goodness, so get ready to feast your eyes on the beauties here. Growing from a humble setup in the owner’s garage to now a huge flower shop, you can find the perfect embodiment of unstructured structure in their bouquets (get it?). Oh, and did we mention the chocolate? Yep, that’s right, they’ve even made their Floreat floral-inspired chocolate bars to perfectly pair with your new goodies—cause you can’t have flowers without chocolate, duh.
Get ready to walk over to the dark side with Merivale’s own florist, Palings. Sitting pretty in the Ivy, you’ll forget everything you ever thought you knew about florists—this place is unbelievably cool. An unexpected sanctuary in the heart of the city, Palings feels like a floral apothecary shop and you’ll be walking away with a bespoke, tailor-made arrangement.
Labelled a florist AND a lifestyle destination, Hamblins’ arrangements are decadent and classy AF. Their offerings change seasonally (as they should) and they’ve got literally all bases covers, from classics, natives, wildflowers, elegant and en masse blooms.
Wild Forager does justice to the Northern Beaches stereotypes with their laid-back vibes and passion for all things outdoors. With a focus on green and earthy colours, their bouquets are light and bright with an Aussie edge. Picture leafy greens and perfect petals for any event—just don’t forget to shake the sand off before you go inside.
Posy Supply Co.
This little goodie will have you on everybody’s nice list with their super cute arrangements and, bonus, they’re all super affordable. They have locations all over Sydney so you’ll be sending flowers to all corners of Sydney and, yeah, they do same day delivery, before 5pm.
They may be called Little Flowers, but they deliver BIG on all things floral and beautiful. Up bright and early each morning, they’re at the market to grab the cream of the crop so you can send their fresh little bunches to your nearest and dearest. The bunches change daily and they’re always perfection, even if you’re after something a bit bigger than a little bunch, they can provide the goods there too.
Whether you’ll admit succulents are flowers or not, Little Succers is still one of the cutest damn things you can send your nearest and dearest. From cute little pots of succers to the more extravagant (they do seasonal and festive wreaths) you’ll find everything you need to pull at someone’s heartstrings—so get sending STAT.
Chivalry & Delivery
Western and North Western Sydney
Delivering to Sydney’s West and North-West, Chivalry and Delivery show us exactly what it means to wear your heart on your sleeve. Or at least how to put a flower on a doorstop. For a little bit of extra dosh, you can go all out with their classic range of bouquets fit for a Queen (or King).
The Daily Bunch
There’s a reason people love receiving flowers (and it’s not just for the Instagram likes). Thankfully, The Daily Bunch specialise in brightening your day, every day with new and affordable arrangements. Each style is available one day only but don’t fret, you can pre-order for a certain day or sign up for flowers every week for a month (aka heaven). Seriously though, put these guys on speed dial.
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