Holiday flower guide: our festive flowers

Flowers that celebrate the season with you!

Our festive bouquets are inspired by that guilty pleasure of indulging ourselves. Look forward to the best winter flowers of the season: glistening berries, trumpet shaped amaryllis and velveteen roses in stunning designs. Add style to your home with a playful mix of rich reds and gingerbread browns and accents of modern festive colours like blush-pink, wine red and deep purple.

And, to make sure your flowers shine brightly in your home as the guest of honour, there’s wisdom from our floral stylists about how to make your flowers last longer.

Hippeastrum 'Hercules'

hippeastrum-hercules

Nickname: Amaryllis

Family: Amaryllidaceae

After the Christmas tree, elegant amaryllis might just be the most festive flora out there! Its showy, trumpet-like blooms brighten any winterscape. Whilst varieties like ‘Christmas Gift’ and ‘St Joseph’s Staff’ are recognised holiday favourites, look forward to unexpected, modern varieties in your bloomon bouquet. Hippeastrum hercules turns heads with its flamboyant rich carmine-pink flowers.With five or six flowers to a stem, as glamorous as you can get!

Tips & Tricks: Support the stem. The hollow stem is made up of layers, like an onion, which can peel and curl at the end in the vase — keep this to a minimum by regularly retrimming 2 cm off the stem on a slant and refreshing the vase with cold water.

Ilex verticillata

ilex-verticillata

Nickname: Winterberry

Family: Aquifoliaceae (holly)

Native to North America and southeast Canada, winterberry gets top points for hardiness. Its densely packed, brightly burnished berries dazzle all winter long and have an excellent vase life. Not only is Ilex verticillata a feast for our eyes in a bouquet, but it’s also a favourite food of small mammals and over forty species of birds — like robins and blackbirds.

Tips & Tricks: Even after you’ve had to say goodbye to your bouquet, winterberries are among the longest lasting stems. In a mini vase, they can last for weeks!
The woody stem is best cut with secateurs or a sharp knife. Crushing the top end of the branch can allow the cut end to draw up more water. Remove any branches or berries below the vase rim.

Rosa gr 'Freedom'

rose-gr-freedom

Nickname: Rose

Family: Rosaceae

Intrinsically linked to the symbolism of love, what better flower to be showcased in our holiday bouquets. It’s the season for loving one another, and a rose serves as the reminder. Spot out-of-the-ordinary roses to celebrate the party season, next to this classic deep red beauty.

Tips & Tricks: Cut the stem diagonally and add it to the vase with a sachet of flower food. Where possible, leave thorns on the stems, but remove leaves — it gives a cleaner look in the vase.

Eucalyptus cinerea

eucalyptus-cinerea

Nickname : Eucalyptus

Family: Myrtaceae

Besides being the favourite food of koala bears, eucalyptus helps you get into a positive mindset. Essential oils extracted from eucalyptus are widely used in beauty products and herbal remedies. It has a healing effect and energises the brain. Maybe that’s the reason why you can get very creative with Eucalyptus. Decorate your tables, stairs and windowsills with eucalyptus garlands; mix eucalyptus leaves with ornaments for centerpieces and outdoor décor.

Tips & Tricks: You can extend the life of the stems by recutting them every few days.

Salix udensis 'Sekka'

bandwilg-salix

Nickname: Twisted willow

Family: Myrtaceae

The Japanese fantail willow 'Sekka' is an exceptional willow species, due to its flattened, broad and curvy shoots. Willows are noted for their flexibility and graceful appearance, hence the adjective willowy. They add extra drama to your bouquet, and are also stunning in a vase to be admired on its own. The best part: they last for ages.

Tips & Tricks: The woody stem is best cut with secateurs or a sharp knife. Remove any branches below the vase rim.

Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'

leucadendron

Nickname: Conebush

Family: Proteaceae

This award winning red cone bush is a showy specimen shrub with colorful red bracts. The deep burgundy colour will be a perfect fit to your Christmas decoration. The seed heads of Leucadendron are woody cone-like structures. Hence their generic common name conebush.

Tips & Tricks: Laucandendrons have a superb vase life, which means this branch is ideal for displaying in a mini vase for weeks after your bouquet is delivered.

As with all flowers, a trick to making them last longer is to refresh the water every three days and to keep them away from ripening fruit — the ethylene gas produced in this produces speeds up wilting — as well as draughts and radiators.

There are lots of other enchanting seasonal flowers to discover in our holiday bouquets. Order yours to see for yourself!

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