The holidays, with all their cocoa and cookies and sparkly lights, are upon us once again. And with them comes a chance for people to reconnect over time-cherished traditions and experience the joy of decking the halls with their favorite heirlooms and seasonal florals. “Christmas is the peak of home entertaining season,” says Valerie Ghitelman, VP of product development, design & sourcing, consumer florals & gifts, for 1-800-Flowers.com. “Our homes are our sanctuary, and people are enhancing their sanctuary with beautiful flowers and plants.”
Ghitelman says she has seen a change in the types of flowers and wreaths that are trending for Christmas. “People are looking for shorter, more compact arrangements and distinct centerpieces that are meant to create a festive environment.” Flowers and greenery that have a longer vase life, such as carnations, chrysanthemums, cremones, lilies, and roses, are in vogue, as are monochromatic color schemes.
Moreover, a general sense of nostalgia is also influencing foliage choices. “We are seeing a return to classic design and traditional, historical colors,” says Ghitelman, who believes this shift is based on people’s emotional desire to connect to the past.
“The demands of family and work can be challenging, and flowers promote physical and emotional well-being, brighten our homes, and create a sense of beauty in our environment,” Ghitelman says.
With that in mind, here are 12 trending Christmas flowers and wreaths for the 2023 holiday season.
This adorable tabletop centerpiece consists of fresh red and white blooms, fragrant sprigs of evergreen, and “snow-capped” pinecones, all arranged in a keepsake sleigh container that can be reused for Christmases to come.
White roses combined with red berries add a dash of country charm when arranged in a rustic natural wood vase. And if you go with the wicker vase, you get a clear glass insert that can be repurposed as a candle holder for pillar candles and tealights. If gifting this, surprise your special someone with a box of Godiva chocolates, too.
This gorgeous combination of red and white Asiatic lilies will lift the spirits of anyone who receives it. Together with the red fluted glass swirl vase, this bouquet makes for a stylish addition to a holiday buffet table.
A perennial favorite, the ever-classic Fields of Europe for Christmas bouquet is overflowing with red roses, carnations, lilies, hypericum berries, greenery, and baby’s breath. This seasonal stunner conjures up images of Christmas in a quaint European village.
Another seasonal top-seller, this enduring cactus plant blooms with pretty red and white flowers that are as cheerful looking as a box of candy canes. The festive container only adds to the charm.
Red roses, mini carnations, white cushion poms, baby’s breath, and sprigs of green are nestled in a keepsake container and accented with shiny gold ornaments. This sweet treasure of Christmas blooms brightens up any room in the home.
The perfect addition to a mantle, end table, or even office, this flower tree features red and white blooms, greenery, baby’s breath, and miniature gold ornaments, all arranged in a festive drum container inspired by “The Nutcracker.”
These beautiful tulips arrive as buds and reach full bloom within three to four days. Add on a Santa Claus ceramic vase, which can be used as a cookie jar and filled with yummy holiday treats.
This beautifully designed wreath features a base of seasonally authentic faux greenery, metallic-tipped pinecones, and shimmery silver leaves and baubles. A supreme example of sophisticated Christmas design, this wreath’s neutral color palette makes a graceful accent for any home, even after the holidays.
This exquisite white poinsettia, with its delicate cream-colored leaves, is the complete embodiment of Christmas. Buy one or several for the ultimate seasonal display, then reuse the containers for your plants throughout the year.
When it comes to wreaths, Ghitelman says it’s all about the ribbon. “This embellishment defines the wreath’s aesthetic in determining if the wreath is rustic or refined, classic or modern, traditional or trendy,” she says. She also points out that seasonal elements, such as pinecones, balls, faux birds, and even woodland animals, can create an authentic design. This lovely wreath checks all the design boxes with its myriad textures, while a beautifully designed wired bow adds the finishing touch.
Featuring jewel-toned ball ornaments on a faux evergreen base, this colorful wreath is pre-lit with white lights to add a burst of festive cheer to any space, large or small. A lovely piece to hang above a mantle, this wreath can also be used as a substitute for a fully adorned tree, if you’re going minimalist this year.