Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Cologne’s florists were able to remain open at the beginning of the year, reliably providing us with a welcome splash of colour during the gloomy days of lockdown. And it’s just as well, because the interest in plants and flowers is continuing to boom in the city. Spending much more time in their homes, people really began to take an interest in their indoor plants and developed a whole new appreciation for them. Even the good old bouquet experienced something of a revival in the form of dried flowers. And anyone who wanted to give their home a quick makeover during lockdown was more likely to opt for dried eucalyptus, fluffy pampas grass or gypsophila than give the walls new coat of paint. Grasses and wild blooms in particular make great dried flowers – which, incidentally, have long since ditched their old-fashioned, dust-collecting reputation to become one of last year’s top interior trends.
These trends also reflect the current desire for comfort, cosiness and more sustainable ways of living. Not only do dried flowers brighten up any room, but they are also extremely low-maintenance, don’t need any water and, as the environmentally friendly alternative to cut flowers, have become the byword for a new approach to sustainability. And best of all: Unlike many demanding exotic houseplants, you don’t need green fingers to keep them alive – dried flowers usually last for quite a while. A particularly eye-catching selection can be found at Herbarium (Brüsseler Str. 52). With her wonderful store, owner and wreath specialist Nina Kleinz has created a green feel-good oasis for plant lovers in the heart of the Belgian Quarter. While its sister store Goldregen directly opposite offers a wide range of fresh cut flowers, Herbarium stocks trendy potted plants, dried flowers and matching, tasteful décor accessories. Its ceramic pots, filigree vases and baskets will showcase your flowers and foliage to full effect. From large-leafed Monsteras to tiny cacti and rare Marantas, you’ll find everything you need to create an urban jungle within your own four walls.
And as if all that weren’t enough: Herbarium holds monthly workshops where you can learn the art of wreath and bouquet making. mill – vintage & interior (Eifelwall 44) takes the plant trend one step further, offering matching interior accessories and vintage furniture from the Bauhaus and Mid-Century eras. Which makes perfect sense given that some houseplants have now even become design objects in their own right. Renovated as a genuine labour of love, the vintage store in the south of the city initially specialised in furniture and interior but is now well established as a mecca for plants. Taking centre stage here are dried flowers, which are available in all conceivable shapes and colours at perfectly reasonable prices. Nippes in the north of the city also has a fantastic concept store for flowers and plants – Feather & Fern (Neusser Str. 183) – which only opened this year. Master florist and store owner Elisa Fodera grew up in the neighbourhood and, as far as possible, sources her fresh array of blooms from the local Rhineland region. With her friendly demeanour and impressive knowledge of all things floral, Elisa specialises in custom flower arrangements for weddings and other events and also has a fine eye for Scandinavian accessories and stylish interior trends – as her exquisite store demonstrates.
Herbarium, Brüsseler Str. 52, 50674 Cologne,Mon–Fri: 10 am–7:30 pm, Sat: 10 am–6:30
pm mill–vintage & interior, Eifelwall 44, 50674 Cologne,Mon–Thurs: pm–7 pm, Fri: 12 noon–7 pm, Sat: 11 am–6:00 pm
Feather & Fern, Neusser Str. 183, 50733 Cologne, Mon–Fri: 9:30 am–7 pm, Sat: 9 am–5 pm
(by Katja Peglow)