The Best Flowers for Christmas According to Florists

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Christmas Florist Choice Gift Wrap

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and this Christmas, there’s no better way to spread festive cheer and celebrate the season than by decorating your home with festive flowers – or sending a beautiful Christmas flower delivery to a loved one. But what are the best flowers to send at Christmas? To help you out, we’ve asked Direct2florist’s network of brilliant professional florists to recommend their favourite Christmas flowers and plants that make perfect gifts and evoke the magic of Christmas, including:

  • Amaryllis
  • Ranunculus
  • Gerberas
  • Orchids
  • Red Roses
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Hellebores
  • Poinsettias
  • The holly and the ivy…and more festive foliage and accessories


If you want a flower associated with Christmas but are tired of poinsettias, consider trying amaryllis. These large bell-shaped blooms can be purchased as cut flowers or potted plants and ooze Christmas magic. Amaryllis have been exchanged as gifts at Christmas for over a century and were popularised in the Victorian era for symbolising strength and determination due to their tall height and sturdy stems. Opt for vibrant red hues for a true Christmas theme and pair them with green foliage for a timeless display throughout the holiday season.

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Christmas Florist Choice Hand-Tied

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According to florists, Ranunculus, also known as Christmas roses, are one of the best Christmas flowers. These flowers bloom in December and January, making them perfect for the season. The white varieties are particularly popular, resembling snowballs with their tight petals. They look stunning when paired with contrasting red poinsettias, adding a whimsical touch to your Christmas table decor.


While gerberas may not be the first choice when you think about Christmas flowers, florists say they are definitely worthy of inclusion on our list of the best Christmas flowers thanks to their colourful and long-lasting blooms.

Gerberas and the smaller germinis are available in a wide range of vibrant and cheerful colours, including red, white, pink, and yellow. They are ideal in a warm Christmas home as they have a relatively long vase life and can stay fresh and vibrant for a week or more. These lovely flowers are symbols of happiness and cheer, which means during Christmas, a time of celebration and togetherness, they add to the lively atmosphere, a feeling perfectly delivered through our Jingle Bells gift.


Orchids are a popular choice for gifting throughout the year, including Christmas. Their elegant stems and variegated colouring make them a spectacle and a beautiful addition to your decor. While not typically associated with the holiday season, orchids can add flair and height to decorative displays and bring elegance to your home during the holidays. Opt for classic neutral shades for a timeless look.

Red roses

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Holiday Splendour

A classic Christmas hand-tied design full of the freshest flowers that's guaranteed to be a Christmas hit.

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Show your love this Christmas with this wonderful collection of wintry flowers arranged in a co ordinating pot.

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Christmas Charm

This simply wrapped collection of flowers is the perfect way to send your message of good wishes.

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Joy to the World

This dreamy white and green hand-tied Christmas design evokes the spirit of the season in flowers. The perfect way to share joy this festive season.

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Red Forest

A joyful and exclusive collection of flowers and foliages make this holiday gift the ultimate in surprises for any friend or family.

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Basket of Joy

This collection of beautiful flowers and seasonal foliage are expertly arranged in a beautiful basket for the perfect Christmas gift.

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Yuletide Glow

A Christmas candle arrangement, perfect for the festive table, handmade using favourite Christmas flowers and foliage.

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Jingle Bells

A selection of customer favourite flowers and foliage in a design thatâ??s simply the perfect Christmas present.


Professional florists say red roses are one of the best Christmas flowers. A staple of Christmas bouquets thanks to their bold, vivid red colour that pairs brilliantly with other Christmas flowers and festive foliage. The romantic connotation also means they’re an excellent gift for that special person.

Red roses are a top choice for the best Christmas flower delivery, not least because they are versatile and can be used in all sorts of different arrangements. Red roses, for example, work well in table centrepieces, including in our top-selling Yuletide Glow Christmas candle arrangement.

When sending red roses for Christmas, it’s best to order them for delivery a couple of days before Christmas. That way, they’ll be at their beautiful best on the big day itself – and because they will last for at least a week if well cared for, they’ll bring joy to the Christmas home for days after.


Ask any florist what the best flowers for Christmas are, and Chrysanthemums will appear high on their list. Versatile, long-lasting, and available in a great selection of colours and good value, you’ll see these brilliant flowers featuring in many of Direct2florist’s Christmas Collection gifts – click here to browse our selection.


Hellebores are a winter favourite because they bloom even in freezing temperatures. These delicate white flowers are part of the Ranunculaceae family and make a great addition to your festive decor. For a contemporary Christmas look, combine hellebores with holly or alternative foliage like eucalyptus.


It wouldn’t be Christmas without mentioning Poinsettias. A whopping 8 million are sold every single year, making it the most popular houseplant in the UK at Christmas. While red is the most popular colour, white and pink varieties are also available.

The holly and the ivy…and more festive foliage and accessories

Christmas flowers just wouldn’t be the same without festive foliage and accessories. Spruce, eucalyptus, pine cones, berries…the list of additions to the best Christmas bouquets goes on. Look out, too, for gilded foliage and extra special Christmassy additions loved by florists. For a truly luxurious example of Christmas foliage and flowers, see our sparkling Starlight Christmas arrangement.

This year’s exclusive Direct2florist Christmas collection features a specially selected range of beautiful floral gifts that are perfect for the season. From timeless favourites packed full of the flowers and foliage we associate with Christmas to joyful designs that invoke the spirit of the festive period thanks to a selection of vibrant flowers, we’ve got the perfect gift for anyone, anywhere.

By Austin Clark 11 October 2023