Flower arranging tips with M&S

I would love to be able to arrange flowers rather than just dumping them into a pretty vase and hoping for the best. So when I was invited along to a flower arranging workshop with Marks and Spencer last month I jumped at the chance to learn a few tips and tricks from their Flower Expert, Simon Richards, and we had free rein over buckets and buckets of M&S flowers – perfect! They have even put together a special page of step by step flower arranging tips for us so do make sure you check it out.

Bright blooms

We started off by experimenting with brighter than bright blooms and using them to decorate a table setting. This is a super easy way of decorating a dining table and you don’t need many flowers to do so and it creates far more impact than just one vase in the middle of the table.

Flower arranging with M&S | Apartment Apothecary

Simon encouraged us to use the flowers to decorate the plates, cups and glasses, as well as using petals to decorate the table setting too. Combined with the colourful crockery the flowers create such a happy, cheerful vibe and it couldn’t have been easier – whatever goes really!

Flower arranging with M&S | Apartment Apothecary

Flower arranging with M&S | Apartment Apothecary


Simon then gave us a masterclass in how to take care of and arrange roses. We were lucky enough to be using beautiful Dutch roses from M&S in soft pinks and whites, which made us feel all bridal!

Flower arranging with M&S | Apartment Apothecary

The first thing to do is strip the stems of leaves as there should never been any leaves below the water level of your vase. We were then shown how to arrange them in a hand tied bouquet.

Flower arranging with M&S | Apartment Apothecary

If you are lucky enough to receive a bunch of roses you should cut the stems at a diagonal and use a vase that narrows at the top as they will sit perfectly in that. Always make sure your vase is squeaky clean as bacteria will kill your flowers and add the flower food that comes with your bouquet but change the water every couple of days.


When I returned home with an armful of roses I tried to recreate Simon’s idea of dressing a table setting with flowers, this time using a slightly softer colour palette.

Flower arranging with M&S | Apartment Apothecary

Flower arranging with M&S | Apartment Apothecary

What is your favourite way to arrange flowers – got any good tips of your own?

Katy x

*This post was written in collaboration with M&S.



  1. Sarah Ford
    16th August 2016 / 10:57 am

    When its a friends birthday, I always buy a couple of bunches of flowers from a supermarket or shop of coordinating colours, open them all and then hand tie them in a bouquet with some greenery from the garden. Finished off with a ribbon. Makes a lovely gift that looks a lot more expensive than it actually was.

  2. Mel
    16th August 2016 / 11:58 am

    I always use jam jars to try and spread out a bunch of flowers (or when I bring flowers in from the garden). Really like the idea of just using a few flowers to decorate all the plates and cups when having a dinner party or something like that. Looks so effective!

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