Winter Floral Arrangements

Brighten dreary winter days with splashes of living color. Learn easy ways to create your own winter floral arrangements.

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Viola x Wittrockiana Brilliant Yellow Winter Pansy

Viola x Wittrockiana Brilliant Yellow Winter Pansy

Universal Series are perennials that are grown for their pansy flowers in winter and spring. Flower colors include blue, orange, yellow, mauve, purple, maroon, red and white.

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Shake off the winter doldrums by creating your own winter floral arrangements. Displaying fresh greenery and flowers indoors can transform your outlook—and will make your home look company-ready. You can design winter floral arrangements using materials you have on hand, go foraging outdoors, or visit your favorite florist.

A winter floral arrangement can be as simple as a few houseplants gathered together, surrounded with pine cones and accented with votive candles. Focus on cool-season flowering houseplants, like cyclamen, paperwhite narcissus or orchids. Or intermingle blooming plants with green houseplants, like spikey sansevieria or variegated pothos. The green plants are common, but when combined with flowering ones they’re elevated to an artistic endeavor.

Winter floral arrangements can capitalize on materials from your local produce department. Arrange fresh fruit and nuts-in-the-shell in a pretty bowl, or create your own living Della Robbia design using fresh fruits and veggies on a platter or table runner. To make fruit and veggies last longer, slice them thinly and dry them in a slow oven. Use these materials indoors and out to stage eye-catching designs.
 
Create a bouquet of greens clipped from your yard. Holly, boxwood, berried juniper, cedar, pine, arborvitae, firs, mountain laurel, ivy—the list of evergreens you can find is long, and it only takes a few stems to breathe new life into interior settings. In Southern zones, add magnolia, bay laurel, Leyland cypress, ligustrum, viburnum and pittosporum to the list. Don’t overlook herbs to bring scented stems into your bouquets. Depending on where you garden, rosemary, lavender, thyme, sage and oregano can offer attractive winter stems.

Mix greens with different textures and shades to design a living masterpiece. Introduce pops of color with berried twigs or rosehips. Dried materials from the garden also work well in winter floral arrangements. Consider dried hydrangea blooms, Siberian iris or lotus seedpods, sweet gum balls, pine cones and magnolia pods. Colorful dogwood stems also make pretty additions to winter floral arrangements.

15 Striking Plants for Winter Color

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Cabbages and Kales

Ornamental kale and cabbage are some of the most popular winter annual plants. They lend a completely different texture to a winter landscape bed. Once the plants are hardened by cooler night temperatures they can survive most cold winters.

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Camellias

Camellias prefer acidic, moist yet well-drained soil that is high in organic matter. They flower in the fall and winter when their display of colorful blooms is most appreciated. The waxy-petalled flowers linger long on plants, displaying shades of red, pink, coral, white and bicolors. Plants are evergreen, growing to form shrubs or small trees. Once established, camellias are drought-tolerant.

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Winter Jasmine

Jasminum nudiflorum or winter jasmine is an exceptionally trouble-free plant to grow.

Holly Bush

Hollies bring an eye-catching display of evergreen leaves that is often punctuated with bright red or gold berries.

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Winterberry Holly

Winterberry hollies are deciduous, and the berry-bedecked branches truly stop traffic. (Even this lizard stopped to take a gander at the beautiful berries!)

Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster is another leafy evergreen that you can depend on for a dazzling berry show in even frigid winters. It's a fast-grower and can be used as a striking groundcover.

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Japanese Maples

Japanese maples often have artistically shaped trunks. The contorted branches on this shrub or small tree come into focus as winter arrives.

Nandina

Nandina shows off its berries in areas with milder winters. Tuck these plants in front of solid backdrops so the berries can shine.

Native Serviceberry

Native serviceberries also earn rave reviews for snow-covered branches. Watch for white blossoms in spring, followed by tasty berries in June. Birds love the berries, so if you want any for a pie, net trees. Fall color features shades of red and orange.

Doublefile Viburnum

Doublefile viburnum has a symmetrical, tiered branch structure that’s beautiful when covered with snow.

Red- and Yellow-Stemmed Dogwood

Red and yellow twig dogwood each inspire with their colorful winter stems, which show up best against dark evergreens or a snowy landscape.

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Witch Hazel

Witch hazel, a native shrub or small tree, opens strappy flowers in late winter to early spring. The blooms offer shades of yellow or orange and a sweet fragrance. Fall foliage is a striking gold, so this plant pulls double-duty in terms of seasonal interest.

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Star Magnolia

Star magnolia opens pale blush to white flowers with a sweet fragrance in late winter to early spring.

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Snowdrops

Close out winter with a flourish of color, courtesy of bulbs and perennials. Snowdrops grow from bulbs and return reliably year after year. Make sure to plant the bulbs during fall to give them the chilling period they need to bloom.

Lenten Roses

Lenten roses (hellebores) offer leathery evergreen leaves accented with rose-like flowers in shades of pink, red, maroon, chartreuse and white. Plants self-sow readily, forming low-maintenance colonies.

Just remember when cutting stems from shrubs and trees, you’re making pruning cuts that will affect plant growth. Place cuts accordingly. Avoid gathering berried stems of barberry. Research has linked barberry to high deer tick populations.

If you want fresh cut flowers, focus on blooms that are in season during cooler months. These flowers should be available and affordable, either through a local florist or supermarket floral department. Cool-season bloomers perfect for winter floral arrangements include snapdragons, tulips, ranunculus, anemone and larkspur. For a fragrant floral bouquet, look for sweet peas or freesia.

Create an impromptu winter floral arrangement by placing a bundle of one type of flower in a favorite vase. Or purchase several different bundles and mix and match blooms to form several bouquets you can place throughout your home.

To enjoy the longest flower show, select blossoms showing color but not fully open. When you purchase flowers during winter, always have them wrapped before heading outdoors. Do not leave flowers in the car while you run errands. Take packets of floral food from the florist; don’t be afraid to ask for a few more if you intend to make several bouquets.

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