Evergreens Give Your Holiday Flowers Staying Power

5 Dec

christmas evergreens with ornaments

Evergreens Bring Holiday Spirit to Your Floral Arrangements

With relatives, friends and company in and out of your house all season, it’s great to have fresh holiday flowers to welcome them. But

how do you keep them fresh without replacing them each week? Luckily we are in the perfect season to keep arrangements lasting a LONG time with minimal effort (and just a little sap,) with the help of a winter standby, evergreens. Yup, evergreens, like your tree and wreath.

Start Holiday Flowers With Greens

Boughs of evergreens are a great starting point for your holiday flowers. They are plentiful (especially here in the Northwest), and cheap to boot. Swags can be as little as 10.00. They are also really long lasting. Use evergreens in place of fern and eucalyptus filler in your holiday arrangements. Use this seasonal approach for a long lasting base, then you can swap out the more delicate flowers as they fade. This allows you to stretch your floral budget and have fresh holiday flowers straight through the season, into the new year.

My Favorite Evergreens for Holiday Arrangements

Start with evergreens, then dress it up...

Start with evergreens, then dress it up…

Cedar is fragrant and soft, so lovely for Christmas.
Pine adds the smell of a Christmas tree anywhere you use it.
Princess Pine looks like over sized bottle brushes, and is good for larger arrangements.
Holly is a perennial holiday favorite that lasts forever, and if it is without berries, may even dry nicely.

Easy Care Holiday Flowers Complete the Arrangement

Clearly and arrangement is more exciting with actual flowers included, and not just a branch of cedar, so I recommend inexpensive, hardy flowers that you can exchange out for fresh when they wilt and not break the bank. For example, carnations last a few weeks, but eventually wither. If you remove the carnations, freshen the water and add in Alstromeria, you have a whole new arrangement for under 5.00. Easy! Or, you received a beautiful arrangement made with evergreens and roses, but the roses wilted within a few days. Toss the limp stems and add another flower in a similar hue to what you removed to keep the arrangement going.

My favorite Long Lasting Holiday Flowers

Carnations are traditional, inexpensive, and come in many colors.
Amaryllis has big showy heads and can hold their own without water for a little while.
Lilies, especially big, white lilies, are beautiful against the dark greens, and smell amazing.
Callas have lots of colors to choose from, and elegant enough for a New Years arrangement.
Alstromeria is easy to find at the supermarket, inexpensive, and adds a nice contrasting texture.

I hope these tips help you out this season. Happy Holidays!

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