Christmas flowers are a wonderful way to celebrate the season’s festivities. You can do up your home, decorate your office, and take flowers for friends and family and so much more. Nothing brightens up a room quite like a bunch of flowers!
Learn what is modern and contemporary - from traditional Christmas wreaths and popular bouquets to creative arrangements and cheerful flower baskets, the options are many and varied. Whether you are making the arrangement yourself, or purchasing a readymade one from a florist, here are some wonderful tips to make the most of your decision!
Christmas traditional flower colors
Traditionally Christmas flower arrangements are made up of red and white flowers. Since we are discussing Christmas-themed flower arrangements, most people will want to incorporate the traditional Christmas colours of red, white and green. W
hile you can use any type of flower you want (after all, all flowers are equally beautiful!) there are some flowers that hold a special meaning for Christmas.
The specific Christmas flowers have some symbolic Christmassy sentiment, or instantly remind you of the festival. The poinsettia, Christmas rose, mistletoe, holly and ivy are some flowering plants that are distinctly Christmassy!
Most popular Christmas flowers
Flowers have long played a role in the celebration of Christmas. They have, for a long time, been associated with the day of the birth of Jesus.
Christmas is closely linked with dark nights, frosty mornings and getting cosy by the fire, it is not often seen as a time for blossoming flowers. But, there are a few flowers which also love the festive season, are perfectly placed next to some mulled wine and a mince pie and which also make a beautiful gift.
Not only do these flowers make wonderful gifts or decorations for your home and garden, they can be wonderful additions to gifts and ornaments if you feel like getting crafty. Our top tips for these popular Christmas flowers will have you bursting with festive cheer and Christmas craft ideas.
The most popular Christmas flower, this vibrant and luscious red plant is a striking contrast, perfectly coloured to compliment the green Christmas tree and tinsel decorating your home. It is famed as the Christmas Star, with its festive colours and bold, pointed leaves. Joel Roberts Poinsett introduced the plant to the United States from its indigenous home of Mexico, and the plant was named after its founder. It's Christmas connotations are coined from Mexican legend and folktale and have since been renowned as a December plant, making it the ideal gift or plant to brighten up your festive displays.
Looking after Poinsettia
Poinsettias are the perfect house flower, requiring little to no daylight and watering twice a week, they can be prolonged with a little plant feed every 3-4 weeks. They are readily available across supermarkets and local stores, whereas beautiful floral displays can be found in florists. They can even be found blossoming in pound shops and bargain stores, for the perfectly priced poinsettia.
Symbolism and meaning
Traditionally, the poinsettia is the most popular and symbolic Christmas flowering plant. It is recognised as the Christmas flower the world over, and has become universally important in Christmas celebrations and festivities.
Conventionally a winter-blooming plant, you can grow it through the year, and with some extra care, ensure that it lasts all the year round. The flower is associated with Christmas because as far back as the 17th century, it was used by Franciscan priests in their nativity processions. Many people also associate the star-shaped flower leaves with the Star of Bethlehem and the colour of these leaves is symbolic of Christ’s blood.
Given the wealth of meaning and sentiment attached to the poinsettia, it is one of the central flowers used in most Christmas tree decorations and other floral arrangements. You can beautify your home for Christmas and also incorporate layers of historic Christmas traditions by using the flower in your home. If you have a loved one who isn’t able to spend time with you on Christmas and you’d like to share the season’s joy with them, you could have flowering poinsettia plants delivered to them. It is a beautiful way of being together at the festival, even when you are apart.
Despite its name, this flower looks nothing like a rose, but its tendency to blossom from December to February is what gives it its festive name. It has large, white and round petals, making it a refreshing and crisp, snow-like backdrop to any Christmas scene. A Christmas Rose is more suited to the outdoors, but blossoms best in shade, and is advised as a plant for those with experience in growing flowers. However, they are available from garden stores as flowers, so can easily be transferred to a pot to give your garden the perfect Christmas feel.
These plants can grow quite long stems, creating a beautiful outdoor display and are famed as having petals tinged with pinks as they age, which is a pleasant touch as they continue to flower into the warmer months.
Symbolism and meaning of the Christmas rose
The Christmas rose is also heavily associated with Christmas. The reason is so highly linked with the birth of Jesus Christ is down to a shepherd maiden called Madelon.
One night, whilst she was tending to her sheep, she saw the shepherds and the wise men walk by with their special gifts. It saddened Madelon that she had not anything to give Jesus Christ because she was terribly poor. Whilst she was crying, an angel passed by and brushed the snow off of Madelon’s feet to find a white flower with pink tips. It was the Christmas rose.
A popular Christmas song and flower, Holly is a beautiful addition to the festive season. Its spiky, rich green leaves and luscious red berries are a firm Christmas tradition. This evergreen plant can also, for the gardening-savvy, be grown in your own garden. It is necessary to buy a young plant from a reputable garden centre, and it requires plenty of attention to soil and pruning, but in return, Holly will repay you with a year in year out, annual display.
Not only will a Holly plant transform your garden into a winter wonderland, it is also perfect for indoor decoration. Why not place Holly across the mantelpiece and decorate with your favourite festive ornament? Create a wonderfully nostalgic reef for the front door or hang stems of Holly around or along the bannister of the staircase, the perfect way to bring the crisp freshness of Christmas into the home.
Small sprigs of Holly can also be used to decorate the table at a sumptuous Christmas dinner, or small cuttings can be used as fancy decoration for presents, tied round a gift tag, to spread some of that Christmas cheer.
A Christmas cactus is mainly used for decorations – to hang on the door or the wall. It can also be a wonderful gift to give to your friends or family.
The most well-known flower of them all, Mistletoe which dates back to years before Jesus Christ was born is very much associated with the festive celebration. What makes this flower so incredible is that even during the very cold weather, it remains green.
You may, of course, also be familiar with the well-known tradition of kissing under the mistletoe.
And finally, ivy is another flower connected to Christmas. It represents the birth of Jesus and an eternal life. It also stands for love and affection in marriage and friendship. There are three facts about ivy. It clings, as if clinging to a man for protection; it thrives in shady areas; and it is evergreen.
There are many other flowers associated with Christmas such as wreaths of Fraser fire, Scotch pine, Balsam fir and so on, but none of them are as popular as the flowers mentioned above. Christmas is not just a celebration of religion. It also celebrates nature and the season of winter. Nature is celebrated and this is reflected in the greenery that comes with Christmas, including flowers, leaves, and fruits.
Christmas table flower arrangements
If you are planning on exchanging flowers with a loved one on Christmas day, consider giving any of the flowers mentioned above or alternatively, create a bouquet with an arrangement of those flowers.
Christmas table arrangements are modern and a more minimalistic version of a bigger, traditional or newer style flower arrangement. Most of the Christmas table decorations include candles, pines, Ivys or Hollies, fruits in glass containers or some other kind of baskets.
How to make Christmas table flower arrangements
We will present a flower arrangement guide, but you can follow the main steps for making a Christmas flower arrangement.
Choose a beautiful mix of flowers /Ex. white roses, red roses Hollies, Calla Lilies, pines /
Buy a glass little container, a basket or a flower sponge;
Start pruning the flowers and arranging them into the container of your choice;
Add additional decorations such as: candles, ribbons, hearts, lights, bulbs, wool, wood, etc.
Add a final touch of yours;
Christmas flower arrangements for church
If noticed, there are always some flower decorations in western christian churches. Prior to Christmas services or any other events and concerts, the church florist makes sure to decorate properly. Most often, they do change decorations for the following festive holidays or decorate by tradition.
Christmas flower arrangements for churches are being put in two main places in churches:
Many florists decorate the entrances and doors of the churches with big vases with flowers. Flower decorations are also put mainly on altars in beautifully arranged wreaths or hanging flower bouquet arrangements especially for church altars. Small or long garlands of flowers are being put around on the pedestal benches and area.
Contemporary christmas flower arrangements
Make sure to make Christmas even more special!
Christmas gift baskets are also a popular present to give to friends and family. Fill a basket with flowers and fruits. Flowers don’t just have to be given as gifts, you can use them to decorate rooms for the festive season.
But what are the most modern flower arrangements?
Christmas flower bouquet in glass vase;
Christmas decorative miniature arrangements;
Most modern Christmas flower arrangements fall under the categories mentioned above. The contemporary Christmas flower arrangements differ from the previous, old school western decorations. They are different Nowadays Christmas arrangements use:
Geometric and non-geometric motifs and designs;
Western or Eastern / Oriental / styled decorations and flowers;
While red roses are a popular gifting and decorating choice at any time of the year, and are more commonly associated with sentiments of romantic love, you can brighten up the room with a huge bouquet of blooming red and white roses in a glass vase at Christmas too.
Add some greenery and baby’s breath and you will have a complete arrangement of red, white and green! To take it a step further, you can also add some pristine white roses to the mix.
Holly and Ivy are another popular Christmas decoration, as mentioned above. The greenery, complemented by the red berries, is an unmistakable mark of Christmas.
Traditionally, holly was a Druid mark that stood for everlasting life and over the years came to be associated with the Christian belief of unending life. Not only is holly beautiful to look at, it also reminds one of the rebirth and continuous growth of the soul and spirit.
In addition to that, make sure to mix Holly with some traditional Christmas candles, flowers, wood and create decorative and modern Christmas decorations that will last longer. Some examples of contemporary UK decorations can be seen in the gallery bellow
What flowers are associated with Christmas?
Holly, Poinsettia and most of all white and red bouquets are associated with Christmas. There are also other flowers such as the Christmas Cacti and Ivy that are also common flower decorations for Christmas.
What is the traditional Christmas plant?
Both The poinsettia and the Mistletoe are traditional Christmas plants.
What flower is given the most at Christmas?
The Poinsettia bouquets are traditional for giving to someone as a present on Christmas. If you wish to be more original in your choice, go for a Christmas Cactus.