Whether you’ve only got a tiny corner or a full house to decorate, let your creative streak blossom with our inventive ideas for decking the halls with festive flowers and plants
Give guests something to swoon over by decorating your banisters and creating a seasonal statement on your staircase with foliage and elegant blooms.
Fake fir wound between the banisters makes a great base for bold, fresh stems. Tie colourful string and ribbons to big baubles and hang at intervals up the stairs. Pick hardy plants like vibrant brassica heads, berry sprigs and silvery eucalyptus that will last a few days without water and fix them onto the fake fir with twine. Finish with hanging paper stars.
When to make: This will last four to five days, so just before Christmas Eve will be the best time. Otherwise popping your stems into little test tubes of water and tucking them into the fake foliage will extend their shelf life by a few days.
A bunch of frothy flowers in warm Christmas shades is a thing of beauty, but try giving a simple bouquet some stylish oomph by transforming it into a luxurious centrepiece for your festive table.
Creating a bold display is easier than you might think – you’ll just need a ring of florist oasis and a bouquet that has a few large, standout flowers and plenty of foliage. Our Autograph Festive Beauty with its feathery, burgundy-tinted hydrangeas and clusters of berries and eucalyptus is perfect. For a step-by-step guide to how we created our centrepiece, watch our video.
When to make: When working with cut flowers, it’s best to build on the day, but you can make this on Christmas Eve – add some water, and it’ll last until Boxing Day.
While nothing says Christmas quite like striking poinsettias, this year there’s a new favourite in town. With their long, elegant stems and flamboyant spray of deep red, trumpet-shaped petals, amaryllis look stylish in any setting, but the new trend for showing them off is suspending them upside down.
Create your own display by using a bunch of our Christmas Red Royal amaryllis, a spool of florist wire, some scissors and a sturdy branch to hang the arrangement from. For a helping hand, watch our step-by-step video.
When to make: Our amaryllis last for at least 10 days in water. Make your hanging branch a few days before the big day so it stays smart throughout Christmas; drop a little water onto the ends to keep them looking fresh.
If you live in a bijou pad, the dream of a full-size tree with all the trimmings can seem unattainable. Luckily, there are lots of clever tricks that punch well above their weight in the style stakes.
If you’ve just got a section of wall to work with, build up instead of out with a stepladder strewn with baubles and smart wooden decorations like our Noel letters. Have a table top? Then our keep-forever Alberta spruce is perfect. And, if the only place you can squeeze in some festive cheer is a narrow sideboard, turn it into a diminutive winter wonderland.
When to make: Using potted plants and vases means you can make this a week or more before Christmas; just refresh the cut flowers before your guests arrive.
Photographer: Debi Treloar / Flowers & props stylist: Carl Braganza / Editor: Emma Sleight