Flowers always add a welcoming feel to any home. What better way to usher in the holiday season and the upcoming 2017 (how can that be?!) than with an array of gorgeous blooms. Some of the plants you’ll see are more conventional and others might take you by surprise.
Step 1: ANTHURIUMS
Anthuriums, with their glossy green leaves & shiny flowers, really give you a tropical feel. This bright red variety is very eye catching. But you can also find them in pink, white and green.
Step 2: PAPERWHITE NARCISSUS
These flowers seems to have their own inner sparkle. Just look at the petals up close and you’ll see what I mean. These beauties are the perfect to compliment a modern, clean festive look.
Step 3: KALANCHOES
Step 4: CYCLAMEN
These are popular bedding plants in coastal California for the winter season. Cyclamen flowers tend to open slowly but the foliage is so lovely and interesting. The mini Cyclamens are delightfully fragrant by the way!
Step 5: CHRISTMAS CACTUS
I remember these distinctly from my childhood and they’re still extremely popular. Christmas Cactus are actually a long lasting houseplant and will bloom again for you next year.
Step 6: AMARYLLIS
Amaryllis are another popular seasonal bulb and have large, beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers. They bloom within 6-8 weeks of planting and although traditionally seen growing in soil, they can also be started in pebbles, rocks or glass chips.
Step 7: SHOOTING STAR HYDRANGEAS
These pure white flowers will add a fun touch to any space. Their unconventional way of growing reminds me of a clear starry night.
Step 8: BEGONIAS
These are Rieger Begonias which are oh so floriferous. Be careful not to overwater them or mist their leaves because they’re susceptible to mildew. They really put on a show when in full bloom.
Step 9: PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID
Step 10: GUZMANIA BROMELIADS
Bromeliads give you much more of a modern feel but a word of warning: cats love to chew on them! These, like orchids, are very long lasting.
Step 11: POINSETTIA SHIMMER SURPRISE
This Poinsettia variety has it all: a star shape with a jazzy pattern in red and white. I call this 1 a living piece of modern art.
Step 12: WHITE POINSETTIAS
There are many varieties of white Poinsettias. They are a such a sweet reminder of the Star Of Bethlehem
Step 13: RED POINSETTIAS
This festive blooming list wouldn’t be complete without traditional red Poinsettias. Some love them and some would never buy them – either way they need to be considered because you see them everywhere this time of year.
Step 14: AZALEAS
I worked for a florist and event company in San Francisco for 5 years which sent out a lot of white and red azaleas during the Christmas season.
Step 15: NEOREGELIA BROMELIADS
We included this 1 as a bonus. This bromeliad made it on the list because of the foliage, not because of the flowers. They add a modern tropical feel to your environment. These bromeliads are pretty as an underplanting and make long lasting houseplants if the conditions are right. Hope these beautiful blooms bring you joy during this wonderful holiday season!
Have a joyful holidays,