Top Five Philly Florists

Whether you (or Mom) like your blooms boxed, bouquet'd or bound with ribbon, these shops arrange flora to fawn over.

Cottage Flowers

Malvern: 222 Roberts Lane
Wander into Heather Potter’s­ flower shop and you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled across an enchanted forest. A small fountain babbles just inside the front door; tiny moss-covered birdhouses dangle from the branches of a tree in the center of the store. One wall is papered with the pages of an antique book; Rex Begonia, the resident cockatiel, chirps gaily. Among bird-centric and vintage home accessories­—far chicer than your average flower-shop fare—you’ll find the likes of lilies of the valley, pansies and grape hyacinths. Arrangements are typically $35. Potter’s favorite request: “Just give me what’s most beautiful today.”
Go here for: Custom window boxes the neighbors will envy.

Flowers & Company
Rittenhouse: 119 South 19th Street
The aesthetic of this corner shop is so evocative of a rom-com that you half-expect to see a young Meg Ryan behind the counter. A dozen or so grab-and-go bouquets, arranged like artwork each morning by owner Nadine Louw, sit among metal buckets of cut stems (six-foot gladiolus! Sunflowers! ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peonies!) that spill out onto the front stoop. Buy a bouquet—or ask for a custom arrangement—and Louw will swaddle it in brown paper and secure it with a snipping of twine, in romantically old-school style.
Go here for: Bunches of stems to take to that fancy dinner party.

Manayunk: 4254 Main Street
Owner Chai Kanchanahoti’s laugh tinkles through his Main Street flower shop, a tiny space packed with more than 50 varieties of blooms. Discover cheery citrus-hued ‘Cherry Brandy’ roses, a rainbow of gerbera daisies, and a wide assortment of orchids from Chai’s native Thailand. While you can buy stems here, opt for Chai’s gorgeous, long-lasting custom bouquets, most around $50.
Go here for: Sleek modern arrangements.

Doylestown: 83 South Hamilton Street
Urbanites will remember this shop from its time in the Rittenhouse Hotel; now it’s a popular spot for surburban “townies,” who pop in on First Fridays and sip wine at the expansive center counter with owners Dave and Donna Zaborowski.­ When it comes to such exclusive happy hours, you could do far worse: The shop, tucked on Hamilton Street, is redolent with the sweet perfume of David Austin roses, lilacs and peonies, which Dave turns into exquisite English-garden-esque arrangements starting at $40.
Go here for: Hard-to-find out-of-season blooms.

Sullivan Owen
Queen Village: 510 Bainbridge Street
The owner of this eponymous floral boutique used to work for Anthropologie, and it shows: She creates divine vintage-touched arrangements of combos like French anemones, garden roses, hyacinths and peonies (beginning at $60). Owen’s light-filled studio is equally charming, the kind of space that makes you want to flee nine-to-five existence for the green-thumbed life.
Go here for: Dramatic tonal arrangements.