AA’s Faux Flowers Buying Guide

Flowers are an amazing way to bring spaces to life. AA often uses flowers in place of decorative accessories, either as a single stem or a curated gathering. Faux botanicals add colour, shape and texture and are surprisingly versatile. Our seasonal collections are of a relaxed naturalistic style, from grasses to spikey spherical flower heads to hillside and seaside thistles or blousy garden blooms. These architectural sculptural perennials make a dramatic statement in any vase.

Why Faux flowers are a good choice.

Decorating with nature and bringing the beauty of the changing of the seasons into your home creates a homely vibe and evokes feelings of calm. Using faux in place of real (or as well as) allows you to extend the beauty of the seasons and is low maintenance way of embracing their ephemeral beauty long after the real thing may have withered.

Why Faux Flowers are a good choice.

Decorating with nature and bringing the beauty of the changing of the seasons into your home creates a homely vibe and evokes feelings of calm. Using faux in place of real (or as well as) allows you to extend the beauty of the seasons and is low maintenance way of embracing their ephemeral beauty long after the real thing may have withered.

Steps for choosing the best artificial flowers

Step One: Location

Decide where you are going to display your flowers as this will determine the type of flowers and how many you will need.  For instance a mantle arrangement may require taller stems while a dining table centrepiece will need something shorter.

Step Two: The Vessel

As our flowers are so beautifully textural we tend to use a neutral coloured vase to let the flowers do the talking. If you’re using long stemmed blooms like the heirloom thistle, lotus stem or seafoam thistle you’ll need a taller vase.

Tip: the length of the flower stems should be no more than one and half to two times the height of the vase.

Work in conjunction with the shape and style of the vase classic shapes and colours always work. If you choose to use glass vases like Helena or Cassie, use minimal stems as you want to avoid the stems becoming the focal point.

Check out AA's full range of vases.

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Text & Image

Step Two: The Vessel

As our flowers are so beautifully textural we tend to use a neutral coloured vase to let the flowers do the talking. If you’re using long stemmed blooms like the heirloom thistlelotus stem or seafoam thistle you’ll need a taller vase. 

Tip: the length of the flower stems should be no more than one and half to two times the height of the vase.

Work in conjunction with the shape and style of the vase classic shapes and colours always work. If you choose to use glass vases like Helena or Cassie, use minimal stems as you want to avoid the stems becoming the focal point.

Check out AA's full range of vases.

Choose your Vase

Step Three: The Composition.

Flowers with strong rigid stems like rustic thistles (meadow, wild, globe) look breath-taking in tall narrow necked vases.

If you want to create a mixed gathering you'll need to follow these simple steps.

1. Pick your hero blooms like hydrangeas or peonies, these will be the most dominant.

2. Choose your complementary foliage and smaller filler flowers like juniper leaf, wild berry, eucalyptus russet.

3. Finishing touches like some seed heads (sorghum, eucalyptus gum nut, dried wild allium) or grasses (feather, meadow or reed grass).

How to care for your Faux Flowers.

Gently wipe your stems with a soft dry cloth or blow them gently using a hairdryer on the coolest lowest setting and ensure that your arrangement is not placed in direct sunlight as this may fade the colours of the flowers.

How to care for your Faux Plants.

Gently wipe your stems with a soft dry cloth or blow them gently using a hairdryer on the coolest lowest setting and ensure that your arrangement is not placed in direct sunlight as this may fade the colours of the flowers.

AA's Style Tip.

Your arrangement will last forever and any flowers or stems can be repurposed into new or updated arrangements to reflect the changing of the seasons or celebrations. 

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Hydrangea Olive

£23

Fabulous partnered with some of our other fat headed blooms like roses and peonies or combined with our foliages.

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Meadow Thistle

£19.50

Full of gorgeous trusses of deep purple spines on a dark and moody green stem, it will add some serious texture to your floral arrangements.

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Lotus Stem

£19.50

Try pairing with all our flowers and foliage from hydrangeas to eucalyptus, or simply cluster a few together for a vibrant display.

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Peony Cream

£13.00

Impressive and showy, these stems are perfect for clustering en masse or for partnering with meadow and wild flowers.

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Seafoam Thistle

£19.50

In a dark, moody palette of greens and purples, try pairing this large spiky flower with some delicate wild flowers or leafy foliage.

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Astilbe Cream

£9

Graceful, whimsical and recognised for their feathery plumage, Astilbe are beautiful in bouquets or simply clustered together in a vase.

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Heirloom Thistle

£19.50

In a majestic purple and pink hue, these tall spiky stems are a must have for creating any textural centrepiece.

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Leucospermum Bush

£13.50

This bountiful stem boasts hazy green leaves and soft pinkish head adding instant texture. 

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Globe Thistle

£19.50

With a spiky spherical flower head on a tall leafy stem, it will add so much drama to your floral arrangements.

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Hydrangea Blush

£23

In a blush pink tone, this large headed flower will look beyond beautiful in your home.

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Yarrow - yellow

£13

Wild and delicate, yarrow is a meadow favourite and will add natural focal point to a mixed arrangement.

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Smoke Bush

£16

Beautiful when partnered with our meadow and garden stems like Leucospermum Bush, Hydrangea Damson, or gorgeous even on its own.

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