How to Affect Your Mood with Flowers

While flowers are beautiful by themselves, some have extra special talents.  When someone is feeling blue, try sending these select blooms to not only brighten their home, but brighten their mood as well.


While a dozen red roses remains one of the most popular arrangements to send, these flowers can additionally boost your mood.  Perfumes with rose scents have nothing on the real thing, and often have an overpowering smell.  Roses often carry a much lighter and calming scent that lingers throughout the room.  They also contain an antidepressant quality in the scent that can lift spirits.  Furthermore, the rose’s scent becomes stronger over the course of time, increasing its calming effects.



This bloom has a unique healing quality.  Lavender has been used for centuries for everything from itchy skin to anxiety relief to memory improvement.  Thw lavender plant contains a compound called linalool and linalyl acetate which can quickly work its way through the bloodstream and rapidly produce effects.  While these blooms are tiny, their vibrant purple color brightens up the room while their soothing scent permeates the house.  Moreover, once the lavender flowers have reached the end of their shelf life, you can dry the stems and keep the scent alive and well in your home.


In particular, the stargazer lily, known for its bright pink center and large blooms, is especially given for its scent.  Potent and sweet, the lily gives off a fragrance like no other.  Try placing these beautiful flowers in a vase in rooms like the bathroom or bedroom, adding elegance and exotic flair to a room often overlooked.


Gardenias are considered one of the most beautiful flowers for its pure white petals and its effectual scent.  Many bath and spa companies have tried to replicate the gardenia’s aroma, but there is nothing like the real thing.  Moreover, the fragrance of this bloom is known for its sexual effects on the brain and can bring a romantic essence into the room.  Try floating a single bloom in a shallow bowl for a simple and graceful surprise for anyone who walks by.


Through eucalyptus does not traditionally bloom with flowers, its scent is incomparably robust.  Often used in medications and skin treatments, this plant’s aroma opens and clears the nasal passages.  Try leaving a few stems beside your bath relax yourself and to stimulate a healing scent.



The sense of smell is the sharpest of all the senses, and can trigger mood enhancements with the right formula.  Next time you are feeling down, try one of these scents to boost your spirits and beautify your atmosphere.

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What’s the Deal with Flower Crowns?

If you’ve opened a bridal magazine or been to a music festival in the past year, you’ve seen the trend of the flower crown hitting the scene.  This trend has been getting bigger in the recent seasons, and summer is a perfect time to try this feminine style.

Greek Laurel Crowns

The idea of the flower crown has been around for centuries and has made its way around the globe.  Originating with the ancient Greeks adorning laurel leaf crowns to honor victories, the trend eventually became a fashion statement for both men and women (think Julius Caesar).  Later on, Chinese brides began to adapt the flower crown for bridal styles using orange tree blossoms.  Because the orange tree bears fruit as well as blossoms at the same time, these crowns symbolized the fertility in a successful marriage.  Skipping to the era of the 1960’s and 70’s, the “flower child” trend became popular with young women.  Decorating hair with wildflower blooms, the hippie subculture deemed these crowns as a symbolic representation of becoming one with nature, peace, and love.  Nowadays, brides have brought this trend back in style with delicate baby’s breath or greenery crowns, as well as the niche “gypsy” look worn by younger women at music festivals.  These vibrantly colored crowns contain giant blooms of roses, peonies, or sunflowers to take homage to the flower child style.

Modern “Gypsy” style flower crown
Self Portrait of Frida Kahlo

The flower crown has always been a symbol of beauty and nature, and has been accepted into the fashion world by artists and celebrities alike.  The famous artist Frida Kahlo was often depicted in a statement piece flower crown in self portraits and so it became her signature look.  More recently, the pop singer Lana Del Ray

Snapchat Flower Crown Filter

completes her 60’s inspired look with large flower crowns.  Because of this style, her look is accepted and sought after by the current fashion world.  Additionally, the widespread phone app Snapchat has even gotten in on the trend.  When you take a picture of yourself on the app, you can adorn yourself with a digital flower crown.  This Snapchat filter has become one of the most popular choices on the app, securing its spot permanently on the app while other filters change daily.

It’s no doubt that flower crowns are here to stay, one way or another.  Whether you’re looking for a simple greenery crown for a flower girl at your wedding or a statement piece crown of roses for Cochella, Matlack Florist has got you covered.  Follow us on Facebook or Instagram @matlackflorist for future examples of flower crowns as well as daily flower inspiration.

Further Reading:
A Brief History of the Flower Crown

The History of Flower Crowns and the Women Who Wore Them: From Frida Kahlo to Kate Moss


Hot Gifts for Summer!

It’s getting warmer and we have all of the hot gifts for summer!  Matlack Florist is always the perfect place to shop for all your summer needs because we have a wide variety of gift ideas for every person on your list.

Outdoor Plants

Have you stopped by our outdoor plant nursery yet this year?  We’re fully stocked with both perennials and annuals of all kinds so you’ll be sure to find something for all the luck people on your list.  Our nursery is divided up into clear sections ranging from shade, to part sun, to full sun to make finding the perfect plant even easier. You’ll find blooms that you won’t find at most other nurseries, and our stock is ever-changing throughout the season.  Pick up a beautiful hanging basket or a customized patio planter that’ll be sure to make them smile.  We’re featuring our succulent collection as well, which are super low maintenance and will make a lasting impression for something as unique as they are.  Check out our new hanging succulent planters or the succulent-filled pantina birdcages while you’re here too!

Featured Arrangements

If your recipient is more of a fresh-cut-flowers-kind-of-person, be sure to visit our website for our featured arrangements.  Our high-quality blooms are sure to please, whatever your budget.  The Secret Garden features pink hydrangea and roses, as well as green orchids.  Finished off in a rose gold container, this arrangement is perfect for any special person.  If pink isn’t their color, maybe Bright and Bold will be more their style.  This arrangement features a colorful assortment of everything from blue hydrangea and gerber daises to vibrant roses and alstroemeria.  They’ll be sure to think of you every time they smell this wonderful array of fresh blooms in their home.

Gift Baskets

Think outside the box!  Fresh fruit baskets filled to the brim with apples, pears, oranges, and more are great for the recipient who has everything.  In addition, we have gourmet baskets packed with chocolates, pretzels, cookies, and candy for your loved one’s sweet tooth.  If you can’t decide between these two, get both!  We provide fruit and gourmet baskets for a wide range of prices depending on what you’d like in the package.

…And More!

Visit our gift shop for a multitude of ideas for every person on your gift list this summer.  Permanent botanical arrangements and spring wreaths could be the answer for a person that does not have a green thumb but still wants the beauty of flowers in his or her home.  Hats, scarves, and jewelry are perfect gifts to brighten up your already gorgeous loved one, and be sure to check out our purse and wallet section for all kinds of styles as well.  Keep your friends and family pampered with our selection of lotions and creams around the shop, or honor their love of gardening with our assortment of garden gloves, tools, and fun accessories.

No matter what you choose, your loved one will sure to be ecstatic to receive a gift from Matlack Florist.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more summer ideas, and on instagram @matlackflorist for daily flower inspiration!