Christmas decorations are one of the best parts of Christmas. There’s nothing quite like seeing your house light up, and it will definitely make you feel festive. Christmas flowers and plants are a wonderful addition to your decorations, bringing a touch of fresh and natural wintry beauty to your home, and effortlessly complementing other greenery like your Christmas tree and wreaths.
Amaryllis is a popular Christmas bloom. It blooms with festive bright red flowers that are the perfect match for traditional Christmas colours. The flowers are very large and trumpet shaped, making them naturally eye-catching. Amaryllis also has the benefit of being very long lasting. The plants bloom for around 7 weeks at a time, meaning they’ll look stunning throughout the festive period and beyond. Buy a bouquet a couple of weeks before Christmas and you can enjoy it until after the New Year. In the traditional language of flowers, Amaryllis symbolises strength, confidence, success and determination. The perfect way to send your best wishes for a New Year full of prosperity.
There’s no Christmas plant more iconic than the Poinsettia. Poinsettias are a little different to other flowering plants. The popular red ‘petals’ are actually bracts, the upper leaves of the plant. The flowers themselves are tiny, but can be seen nestled in the middle of the leaves, and are usually green or yellow in colour. The legend says that a poor girl was looking for a present to give to the baby Jesus at a Christmas service, but there was little she could afford, and so she resorted to bringing a small bouquet of weeds from the road. When she placed the humble bouquet at the Nativity scene, it transformed into the beautiful red Poinsettia. To help keep your Poinsettia looking healthy and fresh, keep the plant in bright sunlight for around six hours a day, whilst keeping it away from direct sunlight, drafts, and heat. The soil should be kept moist, but you should avoid overwatering and having it sit in excess water.
Azaleas are part of the Rhododendron family. Their beautiful, full blooms are lovely for brightening up your home, with red and white the most popular colours during the festive season. These plants will be much appreciated as gifts. Once Azaleas start blooming, their flowers last up to 4 weeks, making them a great centerpiece for the whole Christmas period. They’re best kept in slightly cooler, humid areas, and away from heat sources. Azaleas also have rich symbolic significance, with flower meanings including femininity, temperance, softness, and caring for yourself and others.
Originally native to Himalayan forests, Cymbidium Orchids are an unusual and elegant addition to Christmas bouquets. Due to the fact they’re usually found above cloud level, they’re only in season in the winter, so Christmas is a good time to enjoy them. Sporting elegant flower spikes of decorative blooms, they add gorgeous interest and texture to flower arrangements. The white varieties are particularly pretty at Christmastime, giving bouquets an enchanting snowy aesthetic. Cut Cymbidium Orchids have the benefit of being very long lasting, with stems lasting up to 4 weeks.
Red roses aren’t just for romantic occasions - they’re also staples of Christmas bouquets. Their vivid colour perfectly matches the traditional colours of the season, giving bouquets an instantly festive look. Red roses also work well in table centerpieces, bringing a vibrant pop of colour to your Christmas table.
Although not flowers or plants, Christmas foliages are the final ingredients for making a bouquet look truly festive. Foliages like pine cones and berries really enhance Christmas bouquets, giving them a natural, evergreen look that’s welcome during the cold nights of winter.
Whats are your favorite flowers to decorate with for the holidays?