Expert florist blog – Christmas flowers for your home

by Su Whale on December 15, 2010

Su WhaleWhatever style of Christmas you celebrate, be it traditional or contemporary there is a flower to match.

So if you fancy having some fresh Christmas flowers in your home this festive season (and who wouldn’t!) then I have put together some suggestions of flowers and designs to help you choose which would be best for you.

Vintage

For lovers of vintage styling then the carnation is the perfect flower. In this design snowy white carnations have been closely packed together in a pretty ceramic star shaped bowl. Three stems of amaryllis have then been placed in the centre. You can make this arrangement using floral foam; just remember to soak it well before wedging it into the bowl. Then cut all your carnations to the same size and push them into the foam leaving a gap in the centre.

Cut the amaryllis down and insert a garden cane into their hollow stems to give them support before carefully adding them in – it might be a good idea to make a hole in the floral foam first. Alternatively, push some test tubes into the foam, add water then pop the flowers in.

A perfect vintage table centre.

Traditional

White chrysanthemum’s (this variety is called Delianne) come into their own at Christmas. Soft and delicate to look at they perfectly complement red, green and gold.

When you bring your Christmas flowers home, don’t forget to re-cut the stems before putting them into a vase, making sure that you remove all leaves that are in contact with water.

Keep your stems long and arrange your flowers in a tall vase with sparkly twigs, pieces of holly and red carnations for a long lasting, traditional display.

Fun

Poinsettia plants are an essential element at Christmas with their bright red cheerful leaves. Rather than just have one in a pot, try combining two or three in a tall container, they will have more impact that way. Make them fun by adding in tall stems of Ilex verticillata – I’m not showing off, honest! This particular type of holly (Ilex is its botanical name) can be found in every florists at this time of year.

You’ll need secateurs to cut the woody stems, but once Ilex are cut they will last for ages. Display this arrangement somewhere warm and draught free as poinsettias are very prone to drooping if they get cold.

Funky

If a minimalist Christmas is more your style, then anthuriums are the flowers for you. Almost artificial in appearance they are very long lasting and good value for money.

You can make a strong but very simple statement just by combining two anthuriums together in a striking vase. Red and green retain the festive feel while the unusual flowers will be a talking point for your visitors!

So plenty of scope to have fun with your flowers this Christmas and don’t be afraid to experiment! And finally, here’s wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


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