decor, Floristry

Carnations are cool in 2018


We never thought we'd say so, but carnations are not just for twee corsages anymore. Floral designers are rethinking this once-maligned flower which has such great texture and comes in a gamut of shades. Plus, they're brilliantly inexpensive. We suggest buying as many of the same colour as you can and massing them together in very tall or super-short arrangements for dramatic effect.

Carnations are cool in 2018

According to Wikipedia, 'Dianthus caryophyllus, also know as the carnation (or clove pink), is a species of dianthus. It is probably native to the Mediterranean region but its exact range is unknown due to extensive cultivation for the last 2 000 years'.

In case you need some help wrapping your head around the idea of carnations as on-trend, we've rounded up a selection of beautiful images to ignite your imagination. From lush bouquets incorporating other blooms to small posies dedicated to Dianthus caryophyllus, we are all about carnations this year. While the thought may bring back memories of lunch at your granny's house or a half-browned bouquet being handed over by a high school crush, this year's iteration is a romantic celebration of the carnation's ruffled gorgeousness.

carnations in green bottlesImage: Diego Botero
carnations in green bottlesImage: Diego Botero