Best for dried flowers
Joshua Tan’s ZáHuòHáng – which in Chinese means ‘grocery store’ – is less a florist than it is an art and design concept store. His flowers aren’t just flowers, but a nostalgic vintage piece that accentuates a space; he arranges cotton flowers and wild flowers (such as ginger flowers and hand-picked leaves ‘from the park’) into bucolic, earthy bouquets with muted, unexpected colours and textures. Forget Martha Stewart’s perfectly polished, perfectly symmetrical arrangements; ZáHuòHáng’s fresh flowers have a freshly-picked, natural look about them, and we’re also in love with the delicate, whimsical dried flowers series which breathes new life into any room.
Prices vary depending on flower type and size; fresh and dried flower bouquets from RM240.
Best for bridal bouquets
Hera began humbly. After posting a few photos online of her own self-designed bouquets for her engagement and the hantaran for the wedding, she received requests for flower arrangements by friends and started taking it seriously as a business in early 2014. The specific style asserting itself in Hera’s arrangements is very much organic, open and effortlessly elegant. Her foliages, while carefully crafted, never feel fussy or overstyled. She works with delicate, harmonious buds like hydrangeas, peonies and tulips, as well as more exotic breeds such as dusty millers, silver brunias and even berry sprays. Highlight: her bridal bouquets – especially the cascade-style ones.
Bridal bouquets from RM300; gift bouquets from RM280.
Best for subscription flowers
The other flower power couple – Giden Lim and Penny Choo – launched BloomThis in April last year, a subscription service that delivers a box of fresh flowers weekly to your doorstep – or your intended recipient’s doorstep, that lucky person. Every box of bespoke blooms is a surprise; you won’t know what flowers you’re getting until you unbox them. ‘Our premium flowers are imported from all over the world: Holland, New Zealand and South Africa, to name a few,’ says Lim, whose mother owns a brick-and-mortar florist in Penang. If you can’t commit to a subscription (which can be cancelled or paused anytime), BloomThis also offers one-off deliveries of on-demand blooms ranging from anemones, lisianthus flowers, lilies and the ever-dependable roses.
Weekly subscription at RM300, bi-weekly subscription at RM160, monthly subscription at RM80. On-demand flowers from RM79 per box.
Best for big, wild arrangements
Bouquets brimming with eucalyptus and pine leaves; bunches with berries, hydrangeas, kale, matthiolas and protea, built with exaggerated, long-stemmed fillers of stalks and sprigs – Syarina Yatim’s arrangements have a forest-like, wild aesthetic, though they’re all sensibly grounded by simple brown wrap with grey fabric ribbon. The floral designer, as she describes herself, has been delighting with all sorts of woodland wonders for about three years now; not just bouquets, but bell jar displays as well as elaborate centerpieces gracing café counters, tabletops and weddings. If you believe bigger is better, if you love arrangements that attempt to convey exotic, non-traditional elements, if you support forward-thinking florists focused on the notion of nature and wabi-sabi, Syarina is your girl.
Best for budget bouquets
Flowers have found a hip, tech-savvy, younger audience – and Happy Bunch is well aware. Happy Bunch was one of the first florists to offer one-off flower deliveries and regular flower subscriptions via online orders with a twist: Each day, the Happy Bunch is carefully curated so that it changes from day to day depending on the season’s availability. Best friends-turned-business partners Beh Lee Yen and Joanne Ho have made it easy, removing the complication of choosing flowers at a stand and offering only the one budget-friendly, fresh bouquet per day, wrapped in signature, rustic burlap. The flowers are sourced from Cameron Highlands as well as China, India and New Zealand.
Happy Bunch, RM42; limited Luxe Bunch or bigger bunches available upon request; price varies for weekly, fortnightly and monthly subscription service.
Best for rustic rose bouquets
Michelle Latif is a 22-year-old autodidact florist-slash-student – okay, sometimes she watches tutorials, but mostly, she’s self-taught. Her flowers flourish in beautiful bouquets, boxes and baskets, from classic red roses and ombré-inspired blooms to big-headed buds like carnations, hydrangeas and peonies juxtaposed against hard, rustic vines. From the artful arrangements winding their way through her Instagram, it’s apparent that her style is clean, but with natural, rustic hints: think cohesive colour schemes and free-flowing details. While she sources most of her flowers locally, her roses are from China – they have fuller blooms in smaller clusters – and sometimes the lilies, peonies and tulips are from Holland.
Best for bouquets in a jar
If you really want to do your receiver a favour (especially the ones who aren’t accustomed to receiving/taking care of fresh flowers) Petit Petal Co’s Petit Jar Bouquets arrive complete in a mason jar, all set and ready to perk up any table. Founded by Khaleesa Zaidan (who first started the business while on break from her Melbourne uni), Petit Petal mainly sources their flowers from China and Holland; hydrangeas, peonies, roses and gerberas in pretty pastel shades dominate their Instagram page. If you prefer more traditional packaging, regular bouquets are wrapped in burlap or plain brown paper for that highly sought-after, rustic look. Their cheery jar bouquets can also be found topping the tables of Goodness Greens Café, Double A and Yellow Apron.
Arrangements from RM150 excluding delivery.