Few things raise a smile quite like a bouquet of colorful blooms, making them a go-to gift whatever the occasion. But with nearly as many online florists as varieties of flora, picking a service can feel a little overwhelming.
Whether you’re sending a birthday posy or flowers simply to show you care, it’s important to know that your gift will arrive safely, looking the part. That’s why we put 20 different services to the test, sending out flowers to a panel of almost 100 readers to find the services you can trust.
How to prolong the life of your bouquet
There are a few things you can do to make your flower delivery bring cheer to your home for as long as possible.
Firstly, when ordering, look for bouquets that contain flowers still in bud. This means they will start to open once they arrive and should live for longer than if they were delivered already flowering.
It’s important to care for them well once you unpack them too. Follow any accompanying care instructions and use provided flower food.
Before putting them in a vase, trim the stems by around one inch, cutting at a diagonal angle to create a bigger surface for absorbing water. Remove any leaves that will sit below the waterline.
Refreshing their water every few days is important too; re-trimming stems by an additional one centimetre each time you do this will boost their uptake.
Lastly, while it’s important to display your bouquet in a spot where you can enjoy them regularly, make sure it’s not near a radiator and isn’t under a direct light source, as this can dry them out faster.
How we test flower delivery services
To find our Prima Approved flower delivery services, we sent out bouquets from 20 different brands to readers around the country. They then filled in a survey detailing their experience of the service, from delivery through to the flowers’ appearance and freshness.
Our expert tester also ordered a bouquet from each of the companies to assess their websites and order processes – they considered everything from the selection of filters to payment and delivery options. Once the flowers arrived, they timed how long they lasted before wilting.
Here are the flower delivery services we’ll be turning to for our loved ones:
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Best flower delivery service
Bloom & Wild
Easy to order and stunning on arrival, all our Bloom & Wild bouquets arrived safely and on the right day, lasting for an impressive three weeks. For an extra-special treat, you can add gifts to your order, including chocolates and candles.
Our pick: The Frances, £50
Delivery options: Free Royal Mail tracked or Premium DPD delivery for chosen days, time slots and Sundays.
Price range: £25 – £95
Best for ethical bouquets
Every bouquet arrived beautifully hand-tied and filled with flowers sourced from Fairtrade-certified farms. Packaging is free from single-use plastic too, and kept our deliveries pristine. Our testers unanimously said that they would use Arena Flowers again and recommend it to their friends.
We tested: Cookies and Cream, £59
Delivery options: Nationwide, Monday to Saturday.
Price range: £25 – £150
Best for luxury bouquets
After a statement gift? Then Appleyard’s bountiful, luxe bouquets will do nicely; they looked stunning and lasted for 17 days on test. There are some postcode restrictions in place, particularly around key dates like Mother’s Day. But if flowers are your go-to gift, consider their membership scheme; it entitles you to free tracked delivery for a year, and at £12.99, you’ll cover the cost in two orders.
We tested: Lunar, £31.99
Delivery options: Same day delivery in London, next day delivery nationwide.
Price range: £21.99 – £234.99
Best for supporting local florists
Send blooms far and wide thanks to Interflora’s UK and international delivery options. Each bouquet is made by an independent florist, local to your destination. Ours arrived on time and well-protected, while the option to sort bouquets online according to color or flower will help you find the perfect choice for your loved one.
We tested: Hand-tied bouquet made with the finest flowers, £40
Delivery options: Next and same day, Monday to Saturday.
Price range: £35 – £200
Best for bouquets on a budget
None of Flying Flowers’ offerings will set you back more than £40, making it a purse-friendly pick, especially as delivery is mostly free. The bouquets we received looked a little smaller than they did online, and we’d have liked less plastic packaging. They arrived safely, though, and out-lasted the seven-day freshness claim.
We tested: Very Cherry, £23.99
Delivery options: Seven days a week, standard Royal Mail or DPD tracked.
Price range: £19.99 – £38.99
Best for charity bouquets
Some of Prestige’s bunches give in more ways than one, with a percentage of their cost going towards charities including Cancer Research UK and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Ours arrived securely packaged and accurately reflecting their appearance online. The complementary box of chocolates was a thoughtful touch, too. One bouquet arrived already browning, but Prestige’s customer service impressed us by swiftly arranging a replacement.
We tested: Rose and Freesia, £29.99
Delivery options: Next day delivery, seven days a week.
Price range: £19.99 – £159.99
Best supermarket flowers
Unsurprisingly, Waitrose delivered high quality blooms to all our panel. They looked a bit smaller in hand than they appeared online, and some plant food was missing, but they flourished for close to two weeks. Our expert was impressed with this brand’s seasonal offerings, and you might like to consider its bonus gifts, too – we particularly fancy the Neal’s Yard additions…
Our pick: Ranunculus and Anemone Bouquet, £36
Delivery options: Next day and same day delivery, seven days a week.
Price range: £18 – £150
Best for personalized cards
With gifts galore and personalized cards too, Funky Pigeon has something for everyone. Despite its vast offerings, the website was easy to browse with detailed filters. Readers’ bouquets arrived safely and on time, before staying fresh for up to 14 days. Longer stems would have enabled more trimming for freshness, and the bouquet our expert received contained fewer stems than promised, but we love that delivery is available seven days a week.
Our pick: The Rose and Hydrangea Boutique Bouquet, £44.99
Delivery options: Free delivery for orders over £30, DPD tracked delivery seven days a week.
Price range: £18.99 – £84.99
Best for website filters
Filter your search by color, flower variety and price range to find the right flora for your loved one, with ordering available up to three months in advance. On arrival, our flowers looked identical to their website listing, but the roomy packaging meant that one or two of the more delicate stems were slightly damaged in transit.
We tested: Divine Garden, £39.99
Delivery options: Free standard delivery, Premium courier delivery.
Price range: £27.99 – £99.99
Best for international delivery
Send flowers to your family and friends as far away as Australia, thanks to Eflorist’s links with florists worldwide. Even if your destination isn’t listed on the website, the customer service team offers to help get a bunch over there. On these shores, each bouquet comes in three different sizes, so you can easily find the flowers you want within budget. Some of our panel received fewer stems than ordered, but the quality was standout, with bouquets lasting for up to three weeks.
We tested: English Hedgerow, £34.99
Delivery options: Royal Mail standard, Courier tracked, Monday to Saturday only.
Price range: £10.99 – £54.99
Best for free delivery
Left organizing a gift a little late? Thankfully, Bunches can help, as they offer free next day delivery seven days a week. You can order speedily too; the website allows you to filter according to flower species, color and more, and includes smartphone payment options like Apple Pay. The flowers themselves received glowing reviews, with one panellist proclaiming theirs “gloriously fresh and vibrant”. They were packaged safely too, but some of the aqua packs had dried out.
Our pick: Sunbeam Beauty, £23
Delivery options: Free next-day delivery.
Price range: £19 – £52
Best for advance ordering
You can order up to four months in advance with Blossoming Gifts. Offering a wide array of both blooms and plants, you’re sure to find something that’ll delight your recipient. There aren’t as many filters on the website as others here, but you can still refine your search according to variety and price point.
Our panel was pleased with its deliveries, although freshness varied; some needed to trim their blooms regularly to prevent wilting. Reassuringly, the brand’s guarantee means they’ll arrange a replacement if your bouquet doesn’t last for seven days.
Our pick: Lilac Lace, £39.99
Delivery options: Free standard, Standard tracked, Tracked next day service, Express delivery (London Only).
Price range: £19.99 – £49.99
Best for potted plants
Marks and Spencer
Whether you’re looking to send an orchid or a seasonal flower basket, Marks & Spencer has a potted plant to please. Ordering was straightforward and the supermarket offers next-day delivery or free nominated day delivery. Our plants arrived wrapped securely in safely packaged pots.
Our pick: Spring Flowering Basket, £25
Delivery options: Free nominated day delivery.
Price range: £20.00 – £60.00
Best for multiple orders
House plants are a great way to mix up your gifting and we were particularly pleased with Moonpig’s curated offering. They all arrived thoughtfully packaged with care instructions, making them easy to look after. What’s more, the website helpfully lets you send multiple gifts to different addresses in one order.
Our pick: The White Cascade Orchid, £32
Delivery options: Next working day delivery.
Price range: £16 – £60
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