The magnificent Southern magnolia is in full bloom right now, releasing its subtle but heady fragrance into the summer skies. While beautiful, the blooms once cut, are fragile and fleeting. To keep the magnolia always at hand, we gathered up some ideas from a luxury skin cream to items for the home and wardrobe. Capture a little magnolia magic for yourself or a friend.
8 Magnolia-Inspired Editors’ Favorites
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Embroidered Napkins – Á Bientôt
Bring a little loveliness to your next gathering with these embroidered cocktail napkins, which can be personalized with your monogram. (Miss Magnolia 100% linen cocktail napkins, set of four, $88)
Watercolors – Well + Wonder
Adorn your walls year-round with magnolias captured in watercolor by Southern artist Amanda Norman. (on archival paper, 15 x 11, $350 each)
Bloom Box – Weston Farms + New GrowthNever be without the fleeting bloom by incorporating meticulously crafted permanent magnolia blossoms into your arrangements. Erin Weston of Weston Farms collaborated with expert New Growth Designs to pair faux blooms with farm-fresh foliage. (Large Bloom Box, including one flower and two Weston Farms Magnolia 9″ bouquets, $105)
More Magnolia Inspiration
- Favorite types and planting tips: Did you know that the magnolia family is so ancient that their flowers do not have true petals and sepals, but petal-like tepals? Garden expert Troy Rhone shares more about the beloved tree, including his favorite types and planting tips. Read more.
- The night garden: Southern magnolias, gardenias, and jasmine perfume summer nights and glow gently under the moonlight. Atlanta gardener Danny Flanders extols the mystique of flowers that come into their own after sundown. Read more.
- Adorning your home: While magnolia blossoms are fleeting, we still love to enjoy them inside albeit only for a little while. Pictured below, designer Cindy Smith gathers cuttings in a simple arrangement and designer Richard Keith Langham floats a single bloom in a bowl on a table decorated with ocean objects among a sea of blue.
Produced by Alice Welsh Doyle and Terri Robertson