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Deck the halls with Moyses Steven's winter florals tips

The Winter Florals Guide

From the Christmas tree to decorations throughout the home, foliage and flowers bring an extra dimension to festive decorating; rich red poinsettia, bountiful wreaths and boughs of holly are just some of the things that spring to mind. We tapped into the expertise of Laura Thompson from the events team of our in-store florist, Moyses Stevens, to find out which flowers will last through Christmas week, the latest colour trends and the best time to order or make your floral arrangements.

Choose flowers with a longer life…
“Due to innovative cultivation techniques in Holland, flowers are lasting longer, but there will always be Christmas favourites, and carnations, chrysanthemums, ilex, lilies and amaryllis are all long-lasting examples.”

Plan ahead to make sure your flowers last…
“The earlier you place your order the better. It’s best to arrange collection or delivery for your arrangements around the 22nd or 23rd of December if you are ordering long-lasting flowers. For flowers with a shorter lifespan, like roses, collect on the 23rd or 24th of December.”

Don’t forget the foliage…
“We love using an array of mixed foliage in each design. At this time of year, our favourites are berried ivy, blue spruce branches, viburnum steel, skimmia, myrtle and ilex greenery.”

Enhance the scent…
“There is no secret to preserving the scent of an arrangement, as long as you keep it topped up with water to prolong its life. If an arrangement contains dried fruit and bundles of cinnamon which have lost their smell, a few drops of scented oil on the surface will revive it, particularly if there are candles within the arrangement, whose warmth will enhance the fragrance.”

Classic colours prevail…
“You can’t beat a traditional Christmas colour scheme. Of course, it all comes down to personal preference, but rustic reds, subtle golds and forest greens win every year for a truly warm and festive feel. For a contemporary twist, icy whites, sparkling Champagne and hints of silver are a beautiful alternative.”

Keep centrepieces long and low…
“Decorating trends change every year, but the most popular arrangement for the centre of the dining table will always be low, through the length of the table. Weave dried fruit, pinecones and berries into a mixture of fresh foliage and deep red roses, and incorporate large church candles to be lit every time the dining table is occupied.”

Carry a theme through the house…
“A beautiful festive door wreath is a great way to start a theme that runs through the home. A Christmas tree is a staple decoration and garlanding, balustrades and foliage across mantle pieces and around door frames continue the theme. Every arrangement doesn’t have to be the same: just take elements from each design to create the next, keeping a similar colour palette throughout.”

Flowers make a thoughtful hosting gift…
“Amaryllis is beautiful, simple and elegant. It has large blooms and you only need a few stems for a vase, plus they last for up to three weeks.”

To place an order with Moyses Stevens, please call +44 (0)20 8772 0094.

Find more ideas in our Christmas decorating guide.

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