Winter Flower Arrangements: Ideas To Help You Create Breathtaking Winter Decor

January 24, 2023

'Tis the season for winter flower arrangements. 

From festive centerpieces to cheerful door wreaths, adding a touch of nature to your home can instantly elevate your holiday decor. 

But with limited fresh flowers available in winter, how do you choose which blooms to decorate with? 

Whether you're looking for something simple for a holiday luncheon or a more elaborate design for a New Year’s Eve celebration, there are countless possibilities when it comes to crafting beautiful winter floral arrangements.

This article will explore the different types of flowers that can provide some creative inspiration, so you can create breathtaking winter flower arrangements and bring warmth to any space this season.

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How To Make Winter Floral Arrangements: 3 Elements To Consider

Winter floral arrangements can add bold touches of winter color and style to both indoor and outdoor decor. 

Creating a winter bouquet that stands out from the traditional evergreen holly berry styling is a challenge you can easily tackle with a few simple tips.

When starting your design, focus on these three elements of winter flower arranging: color, style, and accents.

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#1: Color

Selecting the right colors will visually set the tone of your arrangement. 

Consider choosing colors that are strong yet cheerful, such as … 

  • Whites
  • Blues; and
  • Purples

… to contrast the winter landscapes surrounding them. 

You could always go traditional with reds, greens, and whites — or add in some earthy tones with pine, branches, and pine cones.

If you want more variation, try a more non-traditional color palette by adding mauve, dusty pinks and/or golds and browns to your arrangements or even add a touch of yellow or orange. Flowers such as chrysanthemums can give your arrangement that extra “pop” of vibrancy that is also beautiful in winter. And mums come in all the aforementioned colors.

#2: Style

The style of your finished arrangement plays an important part in its overall presentation.

Are you big on a traditional arrangement style? 

Or do you like a more modern feel? 

Or maybe you’re into a more “farmhouse” style?

As you think through these and similar types of questions, you open up a variety of options for the:

  • Flowers you pick
  • Vase or container you put them in; and
  • Way you choose to arrange your finished masterpiece

Have fun thinking outside the box and consider your style when deciding what types of flowers and accents you want to include in your arrangement.

#3: Accents 

Consider using accents to help draw attention away from greener themes, creating fun color combinations for visual interest without taking away from the intended focus on fresh flowers.

Some winter flower arrangements ideas include using …

  • Ribbons
  • Pine cones
  • Hypericum berries
  • Bare branches; and
  • Pomegranate or other fruit

… to make your winter flower arrangements stand out from the rest this season. 

Accents like these add nice touches that scream winter. 

Ultimately, it’s up to you how far out of the box you think when styling your winter arrangements.

What Flowers Do You Decorate With in Winter?

Several classic options can be used when using flowers to decorate in the winter.

Roses, amaryllis, tulips, anemones, poinsettias, and hellebores are popular choices for their vibrant colors and unique shapes. 

Other options include succulents and paperwhite narcissus which can bring a splash of color into any space.

Five of Our Favorite Blooms To Use for Winter Flower Arrangements

When it comes to festive floral designs, winter offers a unique opportunity to make use of:

  • Freshly-cut flowers
  • Dried plants 
  • Greenery; and
  • Blooms 

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced florist, adding winter flower arrangements that pair perfectly with the cooler temperatures can take your holiday decor to the next level.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to create breathtaking winter decor, we’ve compiled five of our favorite blooms for winter flower arrangement ideas.

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#1: Amaryllis

Amaryllis is a gorgeous winter bloom that has been grown for centuries. They have large trumpet-shaped flowers on tell stems and, with proper care, can last up to two weeks or more. You can grow amaryllis as a plant or buy as a cut flower.

Amaryllis looks beautiful:

  • Tucked into centerpieces and holiday arrangements
  • Paired with pine or noble fir and other winter-blooming plants (i.e., poinsettia and Christmas cactus); and 
  • By itself as a centerpiece or in a vase

To give your cut  amaryllis the longest life possible, cut about an inch from the stem base before placing it in water. 

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#2: Tulips

Tulips are some of our favorite flowers to use in cold-weather flower arrangements. 

Traditionally offered as cut flowers, tulips come in a variety of colors and sizes that can add a bright burst of color to any bouquet or centerpiece.


Tulips pair well with other winter favorites such as hydrangeas and hellebore.

To ensure a long-lasting display, it’s important to follow these simple care guidelines when handling tulips:

  • Be gentle when you handle the stems can be brittle and the flower heads can snap off easily if you are not careful.
  • Change existing water every two days and re-cut stems at an angle after each change.
  • Keep your tulips away from direct sunlight, drafts, or any other extreme temperature changes.

Mist your blooms daily with lukewarm water from a spray bottle for some added hydration.

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#3: Anemones

Anemones have been a popular flower for centuries.


These versatile cut flowers bloom in winter and pair well with many flowers, like:

  • Roses
  • Holly; or
  • Poinsettias

As soon as you’re finished arranging your anemone blooms, they should receive two things: indirect sunlight and water. This will make them last as long as possible.  

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#4: Poinsettias 

Poinsettias are festive and beloved holiday flowers that have been enjoyed for hundreds of years — dating back to the 17th century. And they make an excellent cut flower, too!

Whether used on their own or as part of an intricate design of other holiday plants and blooms, poinsettias make a great addition to any winter flower arrangement.

There are a variety of options when thinking about what pairs well with poinsettias in the winter months. 

To complement their vibrant shades of red, white, pink, yellow, and orange, you can pair poinsettias with winter greens such as:

  • Ivy
  • Holly
  • Eucalyptus
  • Amaryllis; or
  • Mistletoe

Care guidelines suggest placing them in indirect sunlight and watering them when the soil is dry. If using them as a cut flower, you can single the end of the cut stem with a match or lighter to stop the milky sap fro cluding up the water.

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#5: Hellebores

Hellebore, also known as the Christmas rose or Lenten rose, is a species of flowering plant that blooms in the wintertime and offers an array of stunning colors and it is one of our all-time favorite flowers! 

Today, hellebores continue to be widely used for floral arrangements because of their long-lasting blooms and elegant look. 

Hellebores pair well with:

  • Paperwhite narcissus
  • Pine branches
  • Cypresses; and
  • Berries 

Evergreen foliage can be used as a backdrop for hellebores or scattered around them to add texture to flower arrangements.

You will want to keep your hellebore in cool temperatures — but not too cold or they may wilt faster than expected. 

Also, they should have plenty of light, but indirect sunlight is best to prevent them from drying out.

What Can You Add to Winter Flower Arrangements? 2 Ideas To Make Your Flower Arrangements Exquisite

Winter flowers are a beautiful way to add exciting and vibrant life to winter decor and make your living space look warm and cozy. 

You’ll need to consider what you can do to give your winter flower arrangements an extra grounding element. 

Here are three of the most popular items used today.

#1: Winter Greenery

Greenery can add a nice, clean touch to winter flower arrangements.

Need some flower arrangement ideas for winter? 

Try using …

  • Pine
  • Eucalyptus
  • Cedar
  • Holly; or
  • Other fun and interesting branches

… as filler in a flower bouquet or as stand-alone arrangements. 

These provide a festive winter feel while adding texture and contrast with larger blooms like roses or peonies.

#2: Seasonal Items

You don’t have to stick to tradition. 

Carefully placed seasonal items like …

  • Fruit
  • Pinecones
  • Candy canes
  • Dried flowers
  • Cinnamon sticks; and
  • Cranberries on branches

… can set apart your creations from everyone else's arrangements this winter season.

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Let Botanica Floral + Home Bring the Magic of the Season Into Your Home With Our Winter Flower Arrangements

Bring winter flowers into your home with the help of Botanica Floral + Home

Our talented florists will work with you to create winter flower arrangements that turn any home, office, or venue into an exquisite winter wonderland. 

Specializing in creating luxurious, custom-made designs, our dedicated professionals ensure that every detail is taken into consideration.

Whether you are looking for …

  • Traditional evergreen and red berry branches for a classic holiday look; or
  • Unique white flower and blue accent pieces for a cool, wintry Hanukkah arrangement

… we offer a selection of designs to suit any taste. 

We understand how important it is to make sure your winter arrangements stand out during this special time of year, and that’s why we focus on bringing innovative ideas to life with our floral creations. 

Contact us today and let Botanica Floral + Home help transform your home into something magical this winter season.

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