Just because it is winter doesn’t mean that there can’t be arrangements of fresh, beautiful flowers for the home or the office. Indeed, some florists believe that there are certain flowers that are best for wintertime. Here are five of them:
This flower is so famous for blooming in winter that its other name is the Christmas rose. Hellebores come in pink, white cream and purple, and there is even a green hellebore. Even after the flower is fertilized the petals don’t drop off because the plant uses them to protect its seed head. The stems of the showy flowers can be 18 inches high and the flowers 3 inches across. They only last three days before the seed head forms but will last up to two weeks after the seed head appears.
This delicate flower is popular for bridal bouquets, and it has an advantage over the scentless hellebore because it has a famously sweet fragrance. Filled with dainty, bell-shape flowers on 8 inch high arching stems, lily-of-the-valley only lasts three to five days in an arrangement but are even prized for their ephemerality. Most varieties are white, but there are also pink cultivars. They lighten arrangements of showier flowers such as peonies but are wonderful displayed on their own in a bud vase.
Like the lily-of-the-valley, the trumpet-like flowers grow on arching stems, but the flowers of the freesia are much bigger and showier. They can be single or double and come in colors of white, yellow, red, blue and even green. Like lily-of-the-valley, freesia has a pleasing scent. It’s best to buy them with stems holding buds that are just beginning to open.
There are places in the southern United States where the magnolia tree starts to blossom in winter. The flowers are goblet-shaped and can be 12 inches across. They come in shades of pink, purple and white and fill the air with their strong, citrusy scent. The stems should be cut to about 12 to 16 inches in length while they’re still in bud. The flowers last from 5 to 7 days.
The daffodil is a member of this family, which has cheerful, fragrant blooms that come in cream, yellow, peach and orange. The stems are 12 to 16 inches high, depending on the variety, and some varieties have one than one flower on the stem. The flowers are 2 to 4 inches across. Because the sap of narcissus plants is toxic, they are best displayed by themselves. They last seven to 10 days.
These are just five of the many flowers that can create spectacular floral arrangements in winter. The Christmas tree and holly wreath don’t have to be the only plant decorations in the home. They bring cheer even after the holidays are over.