Winter may feel like it's stretching on, but summon the freshness of spring with a lush bouquet of flowers. These designers offer arrangements a cut above the rest.
The Place for Flowers
VIBE You'll find traditional arrangements with a modern twist, like a classic floral garland outfitted with chocolate brown feathers. THE GOODS Keep it local by ordering greenery from the Carolina mountains or commissioning an arrangement of cut flowers grown on a Mount Ulla farm. Owner Taylor O'Shields also offers in-home design services. SPLURGE Potted hydrangeas (starting at $25) make a comely centerpiece for the kitchen table. Later, they'll look just as good planted in the garden. 1730 E. Woodlawn Rd. 704-521-6111 placeforflowers.com
VIBE This Davidson storefront offers more than just flowers. Plants bloom among antiques and oil paintings. Shop while your bouquet is being arranged. THE GOODS Owner Leigh Webb adds flair to her floral designs. Find unconventional flourishes, like fruits and veggies, nestled among the roses and spider mums. SPLURGE For Valentine's Day, Webb suggests bucking convention and ditching the predictable red roses. Instead, commission a colorful hand-tied bouquet of hydrangeas and tulips (starting at $65). 202 S. Main St., Davidson 704-655-2650
Carolyn Shepard Design Group
VIBE Shepard is known for couture floral design; her work has been featured by nationally known publications like Women's Wear Daily. THE GOODS Although she also offers small arrangements suitable for the dining room table, Shepard specializes in high-end designs for larger events. SPLURGE Planning a dinner party for eight guests? Make the small affair special. Rent candelabras and luxe linens from Shepard, and commission a floral centerpiece (starting at $50). 2401 Euclid Ave. 704-523-5237 carolynshepard.com