Winter foliage for flower arrangements
Flowers are not always in ample supply during the winter months. Your florist usually has more variety in stock during the warmer months but this does not mean that there aren’t any flowers available in winter. When you take a look outside, you will notice that the trees are mostly bare and possibly covered with snow instead of leaves. There are, however, plants and trees that do not lose their leaves in the winter. This means that there are a number types of foliage from which to choose.
Depending on where you are located and the weather in your area, you should have a number of types of greenery available. Of all the types of greenery, ferns are one of the most popular. Ferns are available in various shades of green as well as different sizes. They can be used in various types of arrangements including handheld bouquets as well as vertical and horizontal displays. The size of the leaves depend on the size of the arrangement and the flowers you use. If you find that you are struggling to keep your foliage upright, you can use bamboo sticks to support them.
Ivy is another popular type of foliage and they are favoured for their flexible and soft stems. They are perfect for horizontal bouquets as well as handheld bouquets. They can also be used to trail around various objects like arches and you can use them to make wreath and garlands.
Mistletoe and holly are associated with the festive season and they are often included in various festive floral displays. However, if you are worried about the potential toxic properties, you could always opt for artificial alternatives instead. You can mix fresh and artificial flowers and leaves as long as you source high-quality artificial flowers.
Magnolia tree leaves are great for filling any gaps in between so that your arrangement looks lush, full, and natural. Another important tip to remember is that you should include more than one type of foliage. Two or three types of greenery ensures that the colours and textures vary throughout the bouquet.