Whether it’s dripping with orchids, peppered with hydrangeas, completely adorned with sunny-coloured flowers or decorated with the dried variety, these five floral Christmas trees are blooming with inspiration
We are so lucky to enjoy beautiful summer flowers at Christmas time. Jess Britten’s floral Christmas tree uses hydrangea, cosmos, dahlias, scabious, achillea, delphinium and cow parsley – all of which are in abundance at this time of year.
Re-create this look:
- Lights first and plenty of them! Nothing says “fa la la la la” like an abundance of pretty sparkles.
- Stick to a colour theme. Take your cues from interior trends if you want to steer clear of the classic red, green and white.
- Think about scale. The bigger the tree, the smaller your decorations are going to look (and vice versa). Large faux flowers work nicely to add colour and texture to a large tree and finer dried flowers such as baby’s breath (gypsophila) look sweet on a small tree.
- Incorporate baubles. Within your spiral of flowers, incorporate baubles in the same colour theme.
As a talented florist and owner of beautiful Parnell store Blush Flowers, Kelly Karam certainly knows a thing or two about floral styling. She reveals the best way to decorate your Christmas tree with a stunning flower arrangement.
Start by deciding if you want to use fresh blooms or faux flowers. To enjoy a floral tree for the whole of December, we recommend using a base of faux flowers and adding in a few statement blooms from the garden – or the florist – on Christmas morning.
This arrangement was put together by florist Kelly, so each stem has a small greenery tube attached to make it last. If using fresh flowers, ask your local florist for some tips if you need your floral tree to look fresh beyond the big day.
If using faux flowers, head to your nearest craft store to see what colours are on offer before you decide on a palette. Most faux flowers have wire stems that can easily be wrapped around the Christmas tree fronds.
Make a rough sketch of your tree from its main vantage point. Plan how your decorations will be placed and use flowers to lead the eye around your arrangement.
It’s fun to deviate from the traditional palette so have a play with some bold hues. Choose your hero colours then use neutral tones to create balance – on our tree, white orchids break up the crimson, pink and lilac blooms.
Soft pink orchids, peachy hydrangeas and lipstick pink roses combine with rose gold decorations and delicate fairy lights for an elegant take on floral styling.
Match this look with a standout floral mantel arrangement for full floral impact.
Kristina Rapley’s floral Christmas tree‘s colour scheme was mostly yellow with pops of orange, pink and white.
“I chose mainly pre-bunched flowers (about 17 in all) and popped those in the tree first, grouping the colours together to form three, slightly sloping rows. Then I separated a few bunches of fat roses and tiny flowers, adding them singly to create depth,” she says.
If the dried variety of bloom is more your style, then Maiko Nagao’s take on a floral Christmas tree might be more up your alley. She collects and dries hydrangeas in her garden and wraps them around the tree in a spiral pattern.
Keep it simple with just the hydrangeas, or add in some fairy lights and baby’s breath (gypsophila) to elevate the look further.