Amaryllis, or Hippeastrum to quote their correct name, are very popular Christmas gifts in the UK. Event florist Todich Floral Design sends many of these Christmas flowers to clients in London at this time of the year.
With their tall height, thick, straight stems and multiple, lily-like flower heads, they are instantly eye-catching in their own right as Christmas floral decorations and are most often sold as simple potted plants. But they also look wonderful in a range of different floral designs.
A bulbous plant, hippeastrum usually first appear in UK shops, florists and flower markets around September and are mostly bought and sold in pots as they grow and flower well indoors. They are available in a variety of colours well in to March as a cut flower and if bought in bulb form normally take about six to eight weeks to appear.
So if you, like us, love this flower and fancy having a go at creating your own alternative Christmas floral displays with them at home, below are some ideas for festive designs we love.
1. Take a rustic enamelled jug and simply add a couple of amaryllis stems, some sprigs of holly and pine. Tie a pretty ribbon around the top of the jug, stand it on a tray and adorn with some festive Christmas baubles
2. Pot two stems of white amaryllis in a large silver tin bucket and top with pine cones and moss. Stand on a matching silver tray scattered with more pine cones and wooden stars
3. Create a wild winter centrepiece by taking a small table urn and filling with floral foam, then adding an assortment of peach amaryllis, red and gold cympidium orchids, peach roses, ranunculus, berried ivy and flowering eucalptus. Keep the outline assymetric for that ‘just thrown together’ look
4. Pot some bright red and white striped amaryllis in a mini wicker hamper, top with moss and scatter pine cones around the base for an English country garden style Christmas centrepiece or windowsill display
5. (Pictured above) Take a white glass cube vase and fill with floral foam. Add tall twigs sprayed sparkly white, then some shorter stems of pine as a filler around the base. Cut five to seven stems of red and white amaryllis at varying heights and you have a bright, tall and modern display
Hippeastrum is a genus of about 90 species of bulbous plants in the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Central and South America, from Argentina, north up through Mexico and the Caribbean. Ideally you should have planted them by now if you were hoping to appreciate their wonderfully striking blooms at your Christmas table, but the plus is that if you’ve missed this deadline, you can plant them in the New Year to enjoy them well in to Spring.
Todich Floral Design is a luxury London florist specialising in event flowers, including Christmas flowers delivery and Christmas decorations. The company also offers a competitively priced service for office flowers and contracts, including real Christmas tree delivery and decorated Christmas tree delivery within London and the UK. Contact Todich Floral Design today to arrange a meeting and quote.