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Embrace Winter’s Iconic Color Palettes (New and Old) With Festive Flowers

As the year’s end (finally) draws nearer, we usher in the winter solstice with keen anticipation for the season’s many festivities and, of course, its bountiful blooms.

Explore updated possibilities for this winter with our merry mix of flower projects from around the globe. Featuring unique botanicals that indulge in the season’s iconic color palettes, these spectacular creations will stir creativity and ignite holiday spirits through the New Year.

GROUNDED GREENS

 

Limiting the palette to botanicals in warm, earthy tones—like forest greens and chocolate browns—is a great way to incorporate traditional winter colors in modern-day seasonal decor.

Styling and Photography: Anna Potter, Swallows & Damsons

Botanicals: Chrysanthemums | 'Tiara' roses | Hypericum | Gypsophila | tuberose | foraged ferns | seasonal foliage

HERBACEOUS LAYERS

 

Winter would not be complete without a decorative wreath. Here, fresh moss and spruce foliage set and idyllic base for layers of Eryngium, Skimmia and dried Heather flowers, adding wonderful texture to complement the wreath's seasonal greenery.

Styling and Photography: Kath Maiden, of the wild

Botanicals: fresh moss | spruce foliage | Eryngium | dried Heather flowers | Skimmia | Eucalyptus | Grevillea

DECEMBER FROST

 

Inspired by the season’s cold-weather hues, the crisp whites and pale creams of these roses, Anemones and Gypsophila comprise an elegant winter palette.

Styling and Photography: Polina Babina, Da Fiori Design

Botanicals: 'Vendela' roses | 'White Majolica' spray roses | Anemone | Gypsophila | lisianthus | Eucalyptus | seasonal grasses | dry fern leaves

MERRY AND BRIGHT

 

A mix of bright, candy red and subdued burgundy—combined with warm neutrals—create a quintessentially cheery holiday atmosphere. To add more depth and dimension to a winter arrangement, showcase exotic blooms, such as 'Minerva' Amaryllis.

Styling and Photography: Antonio Valente, Antonio Valente Flowers

Botanicals: 'Minerva' Amaryllis | 'Grand Pastel' Ranunculus | winterberries | preserved beech leaves | pomegranate​s

SCARLET FEVERED

 

A wild burst of Chrysanthemums, 'Prunifolia' berries and gray-toned seasonal foliage pays tribute to classic winter reds and greens—providing an updated mix by losing traditional, rich forest greens.

Styling and Photography: Lucy Slater, Johnny Crows Garden

Botanicals: Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' berries | Eucalyptus | Chrysanthemums | blackened chocolate vine tendrils

WINE TASTING

 

Winter jewel tones, like ruby reds and amethyst purples, are the standout protagonists of this seasonal color scheme. The saturated hues and contrasting textures of the lilies, Scabiosas and assorted berries further intensify the warmth of the display.

Styling: Talmage McLaurin | Photography: Maxine Helfman

Botanicals: LA lilies | 'Cherry Scoop' Scabiosa | 'Blackberry' Scabiosa | Viburnum

NOSTALGIC TRANSPORT

 

This cozy, tableside arrangement offers a refined take on conventional holiday colors that transport us back to a nostalgic time. Displayed alongside silver ornaments and Victorian-inspired wallpaper, exquisite blooms in various shades of pinks and reds set a romantic winter scene.

Styling and Photography: Lucy Hunter, The Flower Hunter

Botanicals: 'Quicksand' roses | vintage silk red roses | Ranunculus | carnations | dried, bleached Eucalyptus | lisianthus | Lunaria annua | foraged hedgerow finds​

COTTAGE COUNTRY

 

Rich in texture and colors, this modern wreath features a grapevine base adorned with fresh and dried botanicals. Handfuls of sweet wormwood, strawflowers, Celosia and other wispy flowers add movement and a “countryside feel” to this seasonal arrangement.

Styling and Photography: Heather Cain, Pink Petal Flower Farm

Botanicals: sweet wormwood | Eucalyptus | Ammobium | flax pods | Gomphrena | Celosia | strawflowers | dried grapevines

FEATHERY FORMS

 

Layered with rows and rows of fantastic texture, this linear wreath uses only foraged botanicals, including dried Miscanthus grass, Solidago, Achillea, ferns and Asters. Think beyond the traditional and don’t be afraid to experiment with different design shapes and flower recipes this season.

Styling and Photography: Marc Sardi

Botanicals: Miscanthus grass | ostrich fern | gray birch | lamb’s quarters | panicled Aster | Canada goldenrod | Achillea | Clematis seed heads

HIGH CONTRASTS

 

Seasonally-toned Ranunculus, peonies, carnations, Astrantia and lisianthus give the ultimate taste of winter. Arranged alongside soft candlelight, these warm yet wintery blooms decorate intimate, holiday tablescapes with ease.

Styling: Christy Hulsey, Colonial House of Flowers | Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography | Floral Partner: Mayesh Wholesale Florist

Botanicals: assorted Ranunculus | carnations | burgundy Scabiosa | Astrantia | Eucalyptus | red Amaranthus | lisianthus | red peonies | white peonies | white lace flower | 'Cafe Latte' garden roses | cotoneaster berries | seasonal foliage

GLAMOUR PUSS

 

Flowers and foliage in dark, moody colors are winter favorites that never go out of style. To prevent the arrangement from veering too cold, layer in accent flowers in softer hues, like light pinks and peaches or ivories.

Styling and Photography: Anna Potter, Swallows & Damsons

Botanicals: Chrysanthemums | 'Juliet' (Ausjameson) roses | 'Constance' (Austruss) roses | dried Lunaria | foraged ferns | seasonal foliage

SNOWFALL

 

Voluminous clouds of bright Gypsophila stems complete this ethereal, fireplace display. Gypsophila’s naturally airy texture and winter-white blooms are ideal for recreating snowy scenes—even when indoors.

Styling and Photography: TJ McGrath

Botanicals: Gypsophila