Planning ahead for an upcoming event or wedding is important to avoid stress and disappointment. It is often a worry for many brides or individuals that there is not many flower varieties and colours available in winter. Far from it! There are many wonderful winter wedding flowers to choose from. On today’s blog, we have listed just some of the popular varieties to use this January for events, weddings, dinner parties…
In January, it is the perfect month to capture the natural beauty of the winter season with dramatic whites and rich reds – the perfect choice for an elegant, indoor celebration. White weddings are extremely popular in winter, but an all-white colour palette doesn’t have to be stark white. Instead you can opt for a soft, “antique” style, made of creams, ivories and blush hues. Or even, opt for silvers, adding leaves, sequins and ribbon to transform a classic white assortment into a glamorous wintry display.
Top Choices for January
The statement amaryllis’s petals are very unusual: they look like they’re made of fabulous velvet. They come in white, red, yellow, pink, salmon, purple and bicoloured. There are usually 4 to 6 impressive flowers on the stem. In the United States, they are sometimes called the ‘Naked Lady’ because they have no leaves.
Symbolism: The amaryllis symbolises pride and enchanting beauty, and marks friendship and affection. So it’s definitely a flower for winning hearts, from a bouquet made on the kitchen table or presented in a lavish bunch.
Anemones, otherwise known as Wind Flowers, have large flowers and look similar to poppies, with their black hearts and strong stems. They are typically available in white, pink, red, violet and blue and there are approximately 120 varieties. Some have a single row of flower petals and others have more.
Symbolism: The flower stands for ‘I would like to be with you’, expectancy, consideration and honesty.
The ever-cheerful tulip, it’s shape and range of colour is a feast for the eye! You can find them in a single or double row of petals, whilst there are also eye-catching fringed and parrot tulips with serrated petals, and there’s the playful lily-flowered tulip. Peony tulips look like peonies, and French tulips are tall and have large flowers
Symbolism: If you give someone tulips, you’re also giving them a message. Hence red tulips mean passionate love, and with black tulips you’re saying: ‘I love you so much I will sacrifice everything for you.’ So don’t give those to just anybody.
Roses are, and have always been one of the most popular flowers on the wholesale flower market! They are available all year round and in numerous colours, sizes and grades, from red, white, pink, orange to bi-coloured.
Symbolism: The heart-shaped petals represent love and trust, and the thorns indicate that love is not all roses. Red: love and respect. White: true love, purity, dignity, chastity. Pink: happiness, gratitude, virtue. Orange: longing, appreciation, sympathy. Yellow: intimate friendship, solidarity.
Ranunculus have a rose shaped flower and are a genus of the Ranunculaceae family, which includes flowers like buttercups, spearworts and water crowfoot. The name for ranunculus is Latin for ‘little frog’, (‘rana’ – meaning frog). Ranunculus are a cheery flower and are gaining in popularity for wedding flowers. They are commercially available in lovely bright colours that include cerise, orange, yellow, gold, pink, red and white.
Symbolism: The ranunculus flower appears to symbolise charm and attractiveness across cultures and generations. In the Victorian language of flowers, the ranunculus flower tells the lady your think she is charming and attractive (very apt for a wedding bouquet, don’t you think?)
To decorate a winter wonderland event, incorporate pussy willow branches – they have with soft, furry buds up and down the shiny bare twigs which look like the paw prints of a kitten. White tipped pinecones, mistletoe and marabou feathers, blue-gray juniper boughs, sage green lamb’s ear and silvery Dusty Miller leaves give a frosty effect that reflects the snowy season.
The entire list of flowers available in January:
Acacia (Mimosa) – Tiny petal-less yellow flowers cover the stems
Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily) – Very popular and long lasting flowers, available in a huge range of colours, often bi-coloured.
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) – Large, statement blooms in a rather striking trumpet shape, often grown indoors from bulbs. Make the perfect christmas gifts!
Ammi (Queen Anne’s lace) – Masses of delicate white flowers, ideal as a filler.
Anemone (Windflower) – Delicate, papery flowers, available in vibrant and pale colours. Very popular for weddings and events.
Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paw) – Unusual furry buds with insignificant flowers. Ideal for modern arrangements or to add a depth of colour to the design.
Anthurium (Painter’s Palette) – Exotic waxy looking flowers, perfect for corporate and contemporary designs.
Aster (Michaelmas daisy) – Popular filler with daisy like flowers on upright stems available in white, lilac and purple. Ideal for country garden styles.
Astrantia – Starry mauve or white flowers. Ideal for as a filler for wedding or event flowers.
Banksia (Bottlebrush) – Striking exotic Protea from Australia, large flower heads made up of masses of tiny flowers.
Bouvardia – Clusters of small tubular flowers, use with special flower food. Not all colours are available throughout the year
Bupleurum – Insignificant yellow green flowers. Used more as a foliage and as a filler
Calendula (Marigold) – Popular daisy-like flower with a country garden feel
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia, Arum Lily) – Striking single flowers. The coloured varieties are smaller than the white ones, and not all colours are available all year round.
Carnation – Very long lasting. Some new more interesting colours are now available now that work well as a filler or intermediate flower in designs.
Carthamus (Safflower) – Unusual slightly thistle like flowers, dries well and works beautifully in wreaths.
Spray Carnation – Long lasting flowers. Some more interesting colours becoming available, works well as a filler flower.
Ginger (Alpinia) – Large striking tropical flowers
Waxflower (Chamaelaucium) – Small scented flowers ideal as fillers, sold in bud and in flower. Very popular for weddings for bouquets, flower crowns and buttonholes.
Chrysanthemum – Available as large individual showy blooms, or the spray variety. Very long lasting!
Craspedia – Small completely round flower head made up of lots of tiny yellow flowers. Ideal if you are looking to add a burst of colour to your designs.
Cymbidium Orchid – Striking flowers, which flower profusely with up to 12 flowers on each stem
Delphinium – Tall flower spikes. Also, Larkspur which is a type of delphinium
Dendrobium orchid (Singapore orchid) – Long lasting orchids with several blooms on each erect stem
Eryngium (Sea Holly) – Blue thistle like flowers, sometimes the blue is so intense it is hard to believe they are not dyed. Ideal for wreaths or scottish weddings.
Euphorbia (Spurge) – Graceful curving stems with loads of tiny flowers. Note not all colours are available at the same time, check with your florist
Forsythia – The shrub commonly grown in our gardens for their springtime flowers. Ideal for interior styling and photoshoots.
Freesia – Highly popular, highly scented flowers. Very popular for weddings and events.
Genista – Masses of tiny flowers all along the straight leafless stems. Popular filler flower
Gerbera – Large daisy like flowers, a smaller ‘germini’ variety is also available
Gloriosa (Glory Lily) – A very dramatic flower with yellow edged cerise petals. The National Flower of Zimbabwe
Godetia – Several brightly coloured trumpet shaped flowers open up each stem
Gomphrena – Globe amaranth – Small globe shaped flowers which can be easily dried
Gypsophila – Very popular filler flower. New smaller-flowered varieties are now available
Heliconia – Tropical flower with large very dramatic flower heads. Several different types available
Helleborus (Christmas Rose) – Short lived very delicate and subtle flowers
Hyacinth – Popular as a pot plant hyacinth and increasingly popular as a cut flower
Hypericum (St John’s Wort) – Attractive berries rather than flowers make this a very popular filler
Iris – Very popular but short lived flowers.
Leucadendron (Safari Sunset) – It is the leaves rather than the flowers which make this popular
Leucospermum (Pincushion Protea) – Large flower heads which resemble a pin cushion. Long lasting
Lily – Available throughout the year, but if you are looking for particular colour check availability with your florist
Liatris – Tall poker shaped purple flowers.
Lilacs – A common shrub and highly popular, strongly scented cut flower
Limonium (Sea Lavender, Statice) – Popular as a dried flower, all varieties make good fillers, but it can have an unpleasant smell
Lisianthus (Eustoma) – Popular flowers which open from tightly swirled buds, bi-coloured varieties also available
Lysimachia (Loose Strife) – Arching flower heads on the end of the stems, each made up of a mass of tiny flowers
Moluccella (Bells of Ireland) – Tall stems with a mass of bell shaped flowers.
Muscari (Grape hyacinth) – Very small with short stems and clusters of tiny blue flowers
Narcissus (Daffodil) – Needs no description and evokes images of spring more than any other cut flower
Nerine – Leafless stems topped with clusters of delicate flowers
Ornithogalum (Chincherinchee) – Fantastically long lasting flower, usually white and less commonly available in yellow
Phalaenopsis orchid (Moth Orchid) – Large showy flowers, popular as a pot plant as well as a cut flower especially for weddings
Phlox – English country garden flower
Protea – Large exotic flowers with many different varieties
Prunus (Flowering cherry) – Cherry blossom, beautiful delicate flowers on tall straight branches
Ranunculus – Small delicate, papery flowers
Rose – Needs no description! Almost every colour available except true black or blue
Skimmia – Popular shrub, sold as a cut flower when in bud
Solidago – A popular yellow filler flower
Stephanotis (Wax flower) – Not generally available as a cut flower, but the individual small, waxy, white flowers are often used in bridal work
Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) – Unmistakable large and exotic flowers with blue and orange flowers
Tanecetum – A type of chrysanthemum with small button shaped flowers.
Trachelium – Masses of tiny flowers create a large flat flower head
Tulip – One of the most popular cut flowers in the UK with many different varieties
Veronica (Speedwell) – Delicate flower spikes add contrast to arrangements
Viburnum (Snowballs) – Short lived but increasingly popular. Each flower head is made up of a mass of tiny flowers
Vanda – Usually 6 – 8 blooms per flower stem and the petals often have a marbled appearance
For all the flowers used in the blog today, they are all available to view and purchase on the website here.