q&a with celebrity florist, Susannah Lampard

Published : 26/05/2023 - Categories : Your Skincare Stories

Susannah Lampard

I caught up with florist Susannah Lampard who has kindly shared her top tips for growing, displaying and looking after your flowers this summer.


Susannah has worked extensively with many high profile people, including ITV’s Celebrity Gardener and Horticulturist, David Domoney, a well-known member of the team from the famed Alan Titchmarch show ‘Love Your Garden’.


She is also an artist and has collaborated with David over a decade, with her design and mural painting at Chelsea Flower Show, where he was awarded the highly prestigious 5 Star Best in Category and Chelsea Gold.



Do you have any professional tips and advice you would give to anyone when it comes to arranging their own flowers at home and do you have any tips on making them last as long as possible?


Always a clean vase and leave a drop of bleach or add white vinegar and sugar in the water to prevent microbe growth and for the longevity of the stems. 


Can you recommend any particularly easy, creative and exciting ways we can display our blooms?


Try to group focal flowers as they would grow in nature, at different heights and in odd numbers, add texture, a couple of spiky leaves or rose-hip twigs can complete an arrangement! 

You don’t have to vertically arrange in a vase or jug but can be more creative if you use a large tea cup or a long planter and let your imagination and go wild!


You can criss-cross tape across the opening to make a (frog) or stem support and hide with moss. Fill with foliage first. To cut focal flowers at the right length, turn them on their heads and measure against your container and cross the stems for support. 

What flowers are the easiest to grow at home?


Natives such as scabious and wildflower mixes daisy and cornflowers are easy to grow from seed. They are a great addition to the garden as butterflies and bees love them, they protect biodiversity and require minimal input. 


Bulbs like iris, hyacinth, paper-white daffodils and tulips should come back each year and work in well drained pots; you can layer different bulbs and earth, like a lasagne, as they come up at different times, check planting depths and time of flowering for each variety. 

Flowers that benefit from being picked or cut are roses, sweet peas and tall marigolds, scabious, aster daisies, dahlias, rudbeckia and zinnias to name but a few. Feed them when they are flowering: the best food is diluted liquid tomato fertiliser.


Scented flowers, like Lavender and roses, are wonderful for a sensory arrangement.  Other scented flowers I love are lilies, freesias and Nerines, or fill an arrangement with rosemary, thyme and mint. 

What about edible flowers?

Most plants and flowers are non-edible however pansies, nasturtiums and passion flowers make delicious additions to a summer salad.

They also look pretty too and let’s also not forget the beneficial properties as a supplement or skin ingredient.

The multiple benefits of sea buckthorn (plant) oil for example as an antioxidant with vitamins A & K plus Omega 6 work naturally together in skin integrity and renewal.


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