Autumn has officially arrived in Australia – leaves are beginning to turn from green to orange to brown, temperatures are dropping by the day, and beach umbrellas are being packed away. This time of year also means transitioning from bright, summery florals to more autumnal hues and hardier plants. Here are our top tips for sprucing up your home and garden using autumn plants and flowers for the new season.
Embrace autumn bouquets in your living room
While summer is about bright, flashy hues, autumn ushers in more muted tones and earthier shades. Decorating your home with autumn flowers is a great way to add a touch of colour and beauty to your decor. Dahlias, chrysanthemums and alyssums are all great choices for autumn arrangements.
Dahlias are one of the most versatile autumn flowers. They create an eye-catching display with a range of sizes, shapes, and colours. What's more, their symbolism represents wealth and elegance as well as love or involvement.
As the most typical flower for Mother’s Day, chrysanthemums bloom at their best from March through May, in a variety of colours, including traditional fall colours like orange and yellow. Symbolically, chrysanthemums represent various words in a different colour, where a pink one for honest love, a red one for motherly love and gratitude and a yellow one for sorrow and neglected love.
Also known as the “carpet of snow”, alyssums add a touch of elegance to any arrangement with small and delicate blooms. With the meaning of “worth beyond beauty” and “sweetness of soul”, this aromatic bloom emits a tranquil, spiritual vibe that promotes emotional equilibrium in the home or workplace.
Add easy-to-care plants to your home office
Sandwiched between blazing summer and chilly winter, autumn is the “cooling-off” season, which leads to a challenging period for indoor plants. However, two carefully picked plants will easily survive and thrive with shortening days.
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, also known as Snake Plant or Dracaena Trifasciata, is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to display a pop of hardy greenery in the room. It requires medium to bright indirect light while can also tolerate low indirect light and it will survive with watering every three to four weeks. More importantly, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue could tell you that it’s time to water as the plant will start wrinkling when it's thirsty. With its ability to clean the air and remove toxins, this plant is a perfect housewarming gift indicating persistence, happiness and good luck.
As one of the most indestructible indoor plants, Zanzibar Gem, also called the ZZ plant, Zuzu plant, etc., is the perfect gift for those who want some greenery in their room with little or low attendance. As sunlight will yellow the leaves, Zanzibar Gem is best to keep under indirect light and it only requires watering monthly (Don’t be panic, it could survive up to two or three months without water!), only increasing frequency with increased light. Moreover, you do not have to worry about repotting it as it grows incredibly slow. Symbolically, Zanzibar Gem is associated with dedication, and steady growth and is thought to bring good fortune and luck in Chinese Feng Shui.
To help you get a jump start on your autumn decorating, take advantage of our same day plant and flower delivery service across Melbourne. Chat with one of our friendly team members using our online chat feature if you need help finding the plants or flowers that will best suit your home and garden.