Choosing a festive floral theme

Christmas Leucospernum Wreath copy resizeLeucospermum and Pohutukawa Wreath created by Carousel Flora Design

Rather than buying expensive Christmas decorations just wander into your garden and see what’s around that might work instead.

Leucospermum are abundant at the moment and offer a contemporary alternative to the traditional holly and berries, much more relevant in the southern hemisphere at Christmas time.  Long-lasting and dramatic in appearance,  leucospermum  contrast well with most leafy green foliage.

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Add these stunning flowers to garlands of trailing foliage dressed over mantelpieces or along dining tables.  Anticipate flowers lasting about a week out of water, which can be extended if you wire some wet moss around the bottom of their stems.

Using only one focus flower throughout your home displayed in alternative ways (door wreath, arrangements & garlands), will create a dramatic and tight theme.  Styling and decoration doesn’t need to be complicated to achieve impact.

Drying Elderflower

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Rachel’s sketchbook

Bouquets of materials look quite  beautiful when hung upside down to dry. It’s a very simple, cheap interior design trick so experiment with your favourite foliage and discover what works and what doesn’t.

Strip the lower leaves off stems of fragrant eucalyptus and bay and tie with natural raffia at differing heights on a wall, or hang several silver birch branches from a hook on the ceiling over a dining table for a dramatic focal point.