Our guide to Singapore's most gorgeous blooms... hint, hint!
Flowers are a tried and true gesture suited to any occasion – especially romance – and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a good time to be thinking about gorgeous blooms for that special lady in your life. This one’s kinda for you hubbies: if you want to earn some brownie points with your partner, you’ll be needing this handy list of the best boutique florists and industry veterans in Singapore (and don’t forget to make that fancy dinner reservation). Take your pick from these beautiful bouquets, unique posies and spectacular floral displays – we even found the florists that can deliver in a hurry if you’ve left it to the last minute. Not that you’d ever do that…
Guys, just as an FYI, if The Wife is a creative type, the style-it-yourself bunches delivered to your door by Flower Addict (pictured top) could rank as the best bouquet yet. Think freshly picked, pre-cut blooms ready to arrange, or if a hand-tied bunch is her thing, you can pick out something with instant wow factor too. Add a special gift to your flower order – there are everything from hand-poured soy candles to organic chocolates as well as T2 calming tea or a bottle of Prosecco to pick from. Prices start from $49, and thanks to Flower Addict’s reminder service you won’t forget another special occasion or anniversary again (so no more excuses!). By the way, there’s also a weekly, fortnightly or monthly subscription service to keep those flowers coming.
Flower Addict; www.floweraddict.com
We had to bid a sad farewell to Shop Wonderland when it moved out of its little shop along Telok Ayer Street and into Tan Boon Liat, but its online shop Wonderland Botanicals is now up and running! Choose from beautiful blooms, tropical greens and the occasional native Australian beauties or leave it to the capable hands of the florist for bouquets $40 and up. Want a gift that keeps on giving? Wonderland Botanicals also offers subscription bouquets and vase arrangements for a new burst of colour every month, fortnight or even every week!
Wonderland Botanicals, Plain Vanilla Home, 315 Outram Road, Tan Boon Liat Building #08-06, Singapore 169074; wonderland.com.sg
Need a bouquet, pronto? Flower Chimp’s your place. Touted as the largest online florist in Southeast Asia (it also delivers to Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia), there are over 200 flower arrangements to choose from. For same day delivery, just place your order by 1pm. Psst, husbands: want to win us over? Just pick something from the Trinity Collection for the ultimate two-in-on Ferrero Rocher chocolate and flowers combo.
Flower Chimp, online only; flowerchimp.sg
You may have seen our sister site Honeycombers rave about Charlotte Puxley, who’s brought her signature boho bunches from London to Tiong Bahru – ahem, she was part of the team that created Kate Moss’ wedding bouquet! Think English countryside meets the tropics: large blooms, lots of colour, lush foliage and wild beauty. Drop into her Tiong Bahru studio and you’re also likely to walk out with the loveliest vase you’ve seen from her little collection. And check out her video tutorial on HoneyBrides to see her whip up a beautiful bohemian English-style bouquet. Can’t get enough of her bouquets? Sign up for a brand new subscription service and look forward to fresh flowers as often as you want (erm, every week please…).
Charlotte Puxley, 79 Chay Yan Street #01-02, Tiong Bahru, Singapore 160079; www.charlottepuxleyflowers.com
A Better Florist
This place lives up to its name: order a gorgeous bunch online, and it’ll deliver for free within 90 minutes! (That means there’s really no excuse for forgetting the flowers.) The menu is short and sweet, with some showstoppers for Mother’s Day – and if flowers really, really aren’t your thing, you can send a box of succulents or a bouquet of macaroons. We’ll love that too.
A Better Florist; www.abetterflorist.com
The folks behind Mirage Flowers really know their stuff – just take a peek at their portfolio on their website and you’ll see why. Not only are its arrangements pretty dreamy, these guys are pros at transforming any venue into a gorgeous floral wonderland. Book it for your little princess’s fairytale birthday bash or your wedding anniversary. Delivery is from $20!
Mirage Flowers, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594; www.mirageflowers.com.sg
Cotton & Sage
We discovered this lovely bunch at the Open Farm Community Social Market and were won over by the rustic vibe and perfect mini posies: this is a loose, natural look we just love. Want to make someone happy? Send an arrangement of bold, bright blooms. Email the crew at [email protected] to order!
Cotton & Sage, www.cottonandsage.sg
Pretty as a picture, we love the blooms from Floral Magic. Its interesting combinations of flowers used to make silky wraps, hand-tied bouquets, and baskets never fail to wow. Shop online, or you can also learn a few tricks at its workshops and professional classes.
Floral Magic, 334 King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208571; www.floralmagic.com.sg
Twig and Twine
If you really want to amaze and impress, turn up with one of Twig and Twine’s bespoke floral arrangements for your special lady. Made with love to represent love, these bouquets will brighten your house (and your day) with the freshest cuts of the season! This is the ultimate metaphor for everlasting love – there, we just gave you the greatest pickup line ever, don’t waste it!
Twig and Twine, www.twigandtwine.wixsite.com/twigandtwine
Whether you’re getting a single stalk or grandeur de rose, you can get them all from Far East Flora (even trad options like lilies and roses). Ship internationally if you need to wow a rellie overseas.
Far East Flora, 565 Thomson Road, Singapore 298184 (located within Goodwood Florist); www.fareastflora.com
Sing See Soon
For something big like a wedding or corporate event, these guys are the experts. Five generations of industry experience are brought to bear in sculptural and themed arrangements. Having been established for 90 years, it does regular work for Hilton and Marina Bay Sands. Check out its Colours & Bloom app where you can experiment with different looks.
Sing See Soon, 32 Punggol East, #01-01 to #01-06, Singapore 828824 and 5 Simei Lane, Singapore 528710; www.singseesoon.com
Poppy Flora Studio
Who ever said floral arrangements have to be girly? We love these wild, vintage-inspired bouquets (not a baby’s breath in sight). Creative director Sarah has an innate skill in creating bouquets that impress – it’s what makes her one of Singapore’s leading floral designers. Keep an eye out for her workshops at the studio’s Flower School.
Poppy Flora Studio, #01-03, 3 Park Lane Seletar, The Summerhouse, Singapore 798387; www.poppy.com.sg
Floral Garage has no shortage of passion which is pretty apt when it comes to flowers. This team of hobbyists-turned-professionals will rustle up the bouquet of your dreams – whether traditional, modern, rustic (or a bouquet of veg) – without busting a hole in your wallet. Also: same day delivery! For a total floral surprise, opt for the freestyle bouquets. Just pick a colour, a style, fill in the age and occasion and off you go! We have to admit, picking the option “I don’t know” is the perfect three-second solution to an otherwise challenging decision.
Floral Garage, 756 Upper Serangoon Road #03-34, Singapore 534626, floralgaragesg.com
Fill in a simple two-minute order form on Triceratops’ website and enjoy a personalised bouquet delivered straight to your doorstep. Easy, huh husband? And if you’re keen to pick up a new skill, learn the art of flower arrangement from master stylist and founder, Ching herself. Book a workshop with the gals to pick up the hottest tips and wow the family with your own floral displays.
Triceratops, 2 Kallang Avenue, #07-10, Singapore 339407; triceratops.com.sg
Simply Flowers has three outlets and a wide selection of floral arrangements, and it’s our go-to guys for quality blooms that won’t cost the earth. And the range is pretty sweet: choose from your typical bouquet to potted posies and even floral sculptures. Simply Flowers also handles flower arrangements and venue decoration services for special events.
Simply Flowers, Pickering Street, JEM and Parkway Parade; www.simplyflowers.com.sg
24 Hrs City Florist
If you’re faced with an emergency and need flowers asap, 24 Hrs City Florist is your go-to. Its retail outlet is open for 21 hours daily but it makes deliveries around the clock and can pull off same-day delivery. Choose your petals by occasion and category, or simply handpick the flowers you want. Free delivery during office hours (9am-6pm)!
24 Hrs City Florist, 161 Lavender Street, #01-05, Singapore 338750; www.24hrscityflorist.com
For traditionalists, pop your head in at Roses Only where beautiful blooms are classy and stylish. This Aussie brand found its way to our shores in 2013 and whips up the finest roses for all occasions. Guaranteed to impress!
Roses Only, 565 Thomson Road, Singapore 298184; www.rosesonly.com.sg
Tiong Bahru Wet Market
If you want some inexpensive blooms, you can’t go wrong with Tiong Bahru Wet Market. It doesn’t have a huge variety but the blooms last well and poses a great way to practice your skills if you’ve already tried a floral arranging workshop. We love the ginger flowers!
Tiong Bahru Wet Market, 30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898
Photography (top image): Flower Addict