Five great flower shops in Southern California

Susan Van Allen

LOS ANGELES
The Orchid Wrangler.
For elegant, long-lasting blooms, this is the place to go. Popular for spring are moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) and chartreuse slipper orchids. 9-5 Mon-Fri, 10-1 Sat. 8365 W. Third St.; 323/655-0855.

NEWPORT BEACH
Couture Flowers Design Studio.
Stylists here make bold use of flowering branches in spring ― think masses of yellow forsythia in blue and white patterned vases. 9-5 Mon-Fri, Sat by appointment. 887 W. 16th St.; 949/650-1067.

PASADENA
Silver Birches.
Find one-of-a-kind "modern meets organic" arrangements inspired by the latest fashions. Calvin Klein and Elton John are among the star clients. 8:30-5 Mon-Fri, Sat by appointment. 650 S. Raymond Ave.; 626/796-1431.

SHERMAN OAKS
Mark's Garden.
A celebrity favorite, this shop's lush, vibrant creations are great if you've got faraway relatives ― they deliver nationwide. 8-7 Mon-Fri, 8-6 Sat. 13838 Ventura Blvd.; 818/906-1718.

VENICE
Scentiments.
A treasure along trendy Abbot Kinney, supplying custom minimalist arrangements. The owner handpicks her vases during travels abroad. 9-6 Mon-Fri, 10-6 Sat. 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310/399-4110.