Two Simple Christmas Floral Centrepieces

Hey there lovely friends. As we enter this festive time I don’t know about you, but I seem to get busier and busier! However, somehow I still want to find the time to fill the house with the sights and colours of the season. Other than the tree and our usual decorations, I like to fill our house with live greens, foraged from wherever I can find them (usually the local forest). Just make sure you remember to bring your secateurs and a bag and also make sure it’s not private land! I really love to fill our home with a few choice bowls too, full of plants that will last throughout the holidays and beyond. I use them as Christmas floral centrepieces around the house. Here are two that I made the other day and they will only take you about half an hour or so to make!

The White and Green Christmas Centrepiece.

As well as this written guide, where you will get the low down on all the plant names, I’ve also done a little video, which is on my instagram page: @jpslifeandloves

What You Will Need:

White and Green Christmas Centrepiece

  1. One Medium-sized bowl/planter about 30-40cm in diameter.
  2. One small evergreen conical-shaped dwarf Conifer, such as Juniperus Scopulorum “Blue Arrow”.
  3. Three Chamaecyparis Pisifera “Blue Moon” dwarf Conifers.
  4. Three small Ivy plants.
  5. Half a pack of white winter pansies.
  6. A plastic bag, or something to line your container if it has a drainage hole in the bottom.
  7. Multipurpose compost.

Red, White and Green Christmas Centrepiece

  1. One Medium-sized bowl/planter about 30-40cm in diameter.
  2. One white heather plant.
  3. Three Gaultheria plants (these have red berries).
  4. Half a pack of white winter pansies.
  5. A plastic bag, or something to line your container if it has a drainage hole in the bottom.
  6. Multipurpose compost.

I bought all of these plants from my local plant nursery and they are readily available at most garden centres at this time of year. Other than the winter pansies, all these plants are evergreen and will last for years. So, after Christmas is over you can transplant them all into your garden. If you’ve chosen a planter with a drainage hole then you can simply place it outside come January.

Remember to deadhead the pansies (that means pinching out spent flowers from the base of each stem). This will keep blooms coming throughout the season. Once the pansies are over you can replace them with a spring flowering plant instead.

Step One

I promise you these are so easy to put together and you’ll be so pleased you took half an hour out of your day. First of all, if you have a drainage hole in the bottom of your planter and you plan to have the Christmas centrepiece inside, line it first with a plastic bag, so that the water stays in the container. No one needs a drippy bowl!

Fill your container with multipurpose compost, preferably peat-free. With both Christmas floral centrepieces you will have a central plant. With the green and white one it is the conical Conifer. With the red, green and white centrepiece it is the white heather. Take your central plant out of its pot. Now, here’s the clever bit: use the pot to form your hole in the compost. Take out a little compost from the centre of the planter and then push the empty plastic pot down into it so that the top of the pot is level with the compost. Carefully remove the pot. Voila! You now have the perfect sized hole for your plant!

Slightly rough up the roots around the sides of your plant’s rootball and then place in the hole, pressing the compost firmly around it.

Step Two

For each floral Christmas centrepiece there are three plants of the same variety that will surround your central plant. For the white and green display it is the Chamaecyparis Pisifera “Blue Moon”. For the red, green and white centrepiece it is the Gaultheria. Follow the same instructions as step one for each of these three plants around your central plant. Make sure the three plants are evenly spaced in a triangle around around the centre.

For the white & green centrepiece you then want to plant your three ivy so that they trail down the sides of the planter. You can do this for the red, white and green display too if you wish. Finally, take half the packet of white winter pansies, which usually come in polystyrene containers. Use your fingers to push the root balls of each plant up out of its container from the bottom. Don’t pull them up using the leaves as you will damage the plant. Fill all the gaps you can see with the pansies, water and place in a pretty spot in your home that gets some daylight. That’s it! See, I told you it was easy. If you want to add a final festive flourish, then you could wrap some pretty ribbon around the outside of the planter and tie in a bow at the front.

I hope you try these out and do show me your efforts! Wishing you all a very happy start to the festive season.

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If you liked this then why not read:

How To Make Four Easy Natural Christmas Decorations.

How To Make A Christmas Teasel Wreath and Mantle Display.

3 Comments

  1. Sally
    November 28, 2021 / 8:05 am

    These are lovely – simple and fresh! Now to find some bowls as pretty as yours!

    One thing, though – please do not encourage people to take their secateurs out on walks with them. For every person who understands exactly how much to take without causing any kind of an issue there will be at least another one who will kill a plant! The general rule of, ‘take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footsteps’ has a lot going for it!

  2. Helen
    November 28, 2021 / 11:55 am

    They. It’s look great JP! Xxx

    • JP Clark
      Author
      December 19, 2021 / 1:14 pm

      Thank you Helen. Xx

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