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7 seasonal plants for Christmas bouquets

7 seasonal plants for Christmas bouquets

When it’s cold outside, a bouquet of beautiful flowers, stems and berries is a lovely way to brighten up your home. And despite the winter chill, it’s still possible to find the colour and even flowers in the garden now to add a seasonal note to your flower arrangements. Here are a few of our favourite plants for a beautiful Christmas bouquet

1. Hellebores

Hellebores are one of the few plants likely to be flowering in the garden at Christmas. Helleborus niger is even called the Christmas rose, the name coming from a legend which tells how hellebore flowers blossomed in the snow the from tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem. Hellebores are toxic, so wash your hands after working with them. 

2. Ivy

Sprays of elegantly trailing ivy make a beautiful addition to any Christmas bouquet. A traditional evergreen often used in wreaths, ivy has long been used to decorate homes for the festive season.

3. Holly

With its glossy green leaves and bright red berries, holly adds a note of Christmas cheer to bouquets and vases. Holly was traditionally believed to protect homes against evil spirits – but watch out for its prickly leaves. 

4. Viburnum "Eve Price"

Similar to Viburnum T. "Lisa Rose" this is another dense, evergreen shrub that offers interest at a time of year when very little blooms. With a slightly smaller leaf to that of "Lisa Rose" this plant also flowers from mid-winter to mid-spring with brick-red flower buds opening to form clusters of small white blooms. If you’re lucky enough to have "Eve Price" in your garden, pick a few stems for a vase and let the fragrance fill the room. If not, plant one now for next year.

5. Cornus stems

The shrubby dogwoods (Cornus alba 'Siberica' and Cornus sericea) are at their most striking in winter once the leaves have fallen and the bright red, orange or lime-green stems are revealed. Cut a few stems to add structure and vibrant seasonal colour to your flower arrangements.

6. Winter jasmine

Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is a splash of colour in winter, with bright starry yellow flowers gleaming on bare stems. Combine sprays of winter jasmine with trailing ivy for an arrangement that hints at the freshness of spring to come.

7. Eucalyptus leaves

For foliage with the seasonal touch, you can’t beat eucalyptus. The silvery foliage makes a beautiful contrast for berries or flowers and fits in perfectly with Christmas decorations.

If you need some Christmas inspiration, visit our centre where you’ll find everything you need, from decorations and homeware to gifts for the gardeners in your life.