Bouquets, wreaths, and green creations for all occasions
When it comes to indie florists and funky plant shops, Greater Manchester is far from a one trick peony. Whether you’re splashing out on a spider plant for your new pad, or treating your Mum to some magnolias for Mother’s Day (don’t panic, it's not ‘til the 27th), these floral spots have got you covered for all occasions.
If you’re a budding bouquet arranger or a panicked pansy buyer, flowers always seem to do the trick for the good news, the bad news, and all the bits in-between. A £3 bunch of carnations from Spar is always a bit of a kick in the teeth though.
If you feel like supporting a local biz whilst celebrating with flora, these spots in the city centre and surrounding areas are a foolproof solution. With everything from monstera and succulents to seasonal dried wreaths, your home can feel like the inside of an Ancoats coffee shop all year round.
Read on for a list of the best indie florists and plant shops in the Greater Manchester area
What: Black Raven Flowers
Where: Sale (online orders only)
Think dried eucalyptus, massive roses, and pampas grass, but gothic. Not one for the airy-fairy gypsophila lovers, Black Raven Flowers is run by Bec in Sale, a rock-music-loving florist whose unusual arrangements are influenced by “Victoriana, magick, Gothicana and witchy things”, classic. Incorporating bones, skulls, feathers, and thistles into wreaths, bouquets, and terrariums, Black Raven isn't for the faint-hearted or the Cath Kidston floral apron owners.
If you feel like going all out soft-grunge Coachella queen this summer, Black Raven also makes custom headgear including flower crowns and hat accessories, Florence Welch watch your back.
What: Chloe Robinson Designs
Where: 35 Regent Road, Altrincham, Manchester, WA14 1RX
Chloe Robinson Designs well and truly takes the biscuit when it comes to gorgeous shop fronts. It's got a whole black and white theme going on from the outside, but inside there are flowers and plants of all colours, shapes, sizes, and varieties. Run by a whole team of #GirlBosses, Chloe, Natasha, Jess, and Jules spent five years building a business at Altrincham Market, and it's now been featured in publications like Elle Decoration. It's a pretty big deal, basically.
Chloe Robinson Designs does online bouquet orders, gift vouchers, flowers subscriptions, and arrangments for all kinds of events and occasions. Delivery is also available locally Tuesday 'til Saturday and you can email or call with personalised requests whenever suits you.
What: David Wayman Flowers
Where: Unit G22, The Avenue, Spinningfields, 3 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3HF
A great spot for city centre blooms, David Wayman Flowers creates “the most uniquely designed bouquets using the highest quality of flowers”. With loads of different options from seasonal selections to the florists’ choice, David Wayman’s bunches are kind of like those crazy displays the Kardashians put on their gram for every occasion.
Situated smack bang in the middle of Spinningfields, this indie biz also offers a tree planting service for its range of olive trees and bonsais, and you can take part in workshops to learn about the arts of table arranging and wreath making too.
What: Fabulous Flowers
Where: 2 Hulme Hall Lane, Manchester M40 8AZ
If you’re just outside of the city centre but still fancy some bespoke blossoms, this haven on Hulme Hall Lane does everyday bouquets as well as all-out events pieces.
Trading for over 20 years, this small biz doesn’t take online orders, but you can get in touch via phone or email or, god forbid, walk into the shop in person. Local delivery is also available for a small fee, and fresh seasonal blooms are used in each bouquet to make sure they last longer than Tesco’s finest.
What: Florence in Flowers
Where: Central Manchester (online orders only)
Creating floral designs for events, retail displays, and celebrations of all kinds, Amelia Florence runs Florence in Flowers from a city centre studio, and her stuff is pretty special. Looking after the planet too, Flowers in Florence is a floral foam free operation, and all packaging can be reused or recycled.
Amelia is inspired by wildflower meadows and Britain’s best floral offerings, and spreading her seeds of knowledge to the people of Greater Manchester, she also does workshops at Altrincham Market. If you’re into daisies, chicory and sweet peas, Florence in Flowers is your pick of the bunch.
Where: 51 Turner St, Manchester, M4 1DN
Frog is part florist, part installation studio, and part flower school, show-offs. Aiming to “create joy in the everyday”, you only have to scroll down its gram profile to realise this biz is up there with the floriculture big boys. Covering everything from shop fronts to church pews with all things floral, Frog is the one to choose if you want to go big or go home.
Based on Turner Street in the centre of town, Frog’s flowers are delivered nationwide from Tuesday to Saturday, and delivery is free for Greater Manchester postcodes if you spend over £65. With a spot at Selfridges in The Trafford Centre too, you can find these fab florists in the luxury accessories department (obviously). Fancy turning your hand to floristry? A new timetable of workshops and interactive masterclasses is currently in the works, so keep your green fingers at the ready.
What: Giraffe Flowers
Where: By the entrance of Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA
If you’ve always dreamed of buying a street-side bunch of daffodils just like Hugh Grant in Notting Hill, Giraffe Flowers is the perfect rom-com-esque spot to hit up on your next walk home from work.
The florists at Giraffe can make “something beautiful and bespoke in a matter of minutes”, or you can grab something pre-made from the cute buckets outside. If you struggle to tell the difference between daisies and dandelions, you can also opt for The Florists Choice bouquet and they’ll put something together whilst you enjoy a G&T in The Refuge next door.
What: Green and Grounded
Where: 60 Stamford New Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 1EE
Another haven for horticulture and homeware, Green and Grounded does pots, plants, and plant accessories by the bucketload. Although we were disappointed to find out that plant accessories don't include leaf-shaped jewellery, a wide range of composts, hangers, plates, and plant misters never goes a miss.
To make things easier, this Alty spot organises its plants into different sub-sections with air purifying pots and unique finds as well as plants that are pet friendly, low maintenance and shade loving. You can also grab some coffee table books and plant-based wrapping paper while you're at it.
What: Margot Flowers
Where: 667 Chorley Old Road, Heaton, Bolton, Manchester BL1 6BJ
One of those one-stop shops for all things homeware and greenery, Margot Flowers in Bolton delivers flowers to Bolton, Bury, Prestwich, and Whitefield. Owned by local lass Lucy, Margot Flowers offers weekly, fortnightly and monthly flower subscriptions that are delivered straight to your door, as well as supplying displays for weddings, parties and other special occasions. If you’re looking for something a bit more permanent, Margot Flowers also does dried flowers and pamper hampers that last way longer than the fresh stuff. If you wanna be part of the weekly Flower Club, you can sign up for some seasonal stems here.
What: Nice Things Plant Shop
Where: 3, Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ
Nice Things Plant Shop is full of all things homegrown, green, and well, nice. A bit of an Ancoats meets the Amazon situation, the walls are donned with neon signs and the plants take over every nook and cranny of the NQ emporium. Nice Things also has DIY terrariums, mini succulents, and a health store section to keep your house plants healthy throughout the miserable Manchester months.
If you're stuck for some ceramic stuff to house your plants and flowers, this shop also sells unusual vases and pots to fit with every aesthetic. We suggest that you follow Nice Things' Instagram because there are some pretty big plant bois on the grid.
What: Northern Flower
Where: 58 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LG
Northern Flower was established in 2004, so it knows where it’s at when it comes to the indie florist hype. This shop always has iconic window displays and loads of fun stuff for sale street-side, as well as shelves stacked high with seasonal plants and flowers. Donned as “the original, super friendly, Northern Quarter florist”, Northern Flower has ready-made bouquets that are prepped to take away and is always sharing plant tips on its social media.
Basically, your new plant shop besties, the team at Northern Flower are also willing to source unusual and rare plants and flowers, and deliver them straight to your door every day apart from Sunday.
What: Northern Lights Home
Where: Unit GO8, 35 Radium Street, Manchester M4 6AD
Flowers, plants, lifestyle, homeware, dogs, and wine, Northern Lights has definitely tapped into our Pinterest search history and created the perfect stock of treats. Focusing on the flora though, this Radium Street spot does some signature colour-themed arrangements to match the theme of your lounge, wedding, or b-day bash, as well as bouquets of dried flowers and terrariums.
Like a lot of these indie florists and plant shops, Northern Lights also has a "florists pick" option curated in line with its seasonal deliveries. The shop is always closed on a Monday to re-stock the goods, but it's open 10 'til 5 Tuesday - Saturday and 11 'til 4 on a Sunday, it also delivers everywhere in the UK, so you can send some stuff to your long-distance pals too.
What: Oops a Daisy
Where: 453 Chorley Rd, Swinton, Manchester M27 9LQ
Another one for the last-minute Larrys, Oops a Daisy offers same-day flower deliveries in Walkden, Salford, and Manchester. Specialising in business flower delivery too, the team behind this Swinton-based spot are probably responsible for half of the flower walls and restaurant rose arches in North Manchester.
Located conveniently on the edge of the A6, you can commission some floral goods online or over the phone and collect them en route seven days a week. A load of Oops a Daisy's pre-made bouquets are also named after sweet shop classics like Fruit Pastels and Pear Drops, just in case you weren't already sold.
What: Royal Exchange Flowers
Where: 2 Cross Street, The Royal Exchange, Manchester M2 7AE
Royal Exchange Flowers makes it super simple to say "thank you", "happy birthday", or "with the deepest sympathy" with its tailored site full of plants, flowers and bouquets. Dedicated to Manchester and its floral history, the biz takes inspo from the 500 sites of biological importance around the city, and you can customise your arrangement to fit your unique needs. This Cross Street spot also has a same-day delivery option, just in case you forgot about your anniversary, again.
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