Author: Susan Date Posted:30 May 2013
The holiday market has been taking a turn towards the more naturalistic much to our delight. With that has come a keen interest in using florals to accent popular seasonal trends. “Artificial foliage still seems to be in steady demand, people are always looking to save time and money by investing in artificials that can ‘outlive’ the real thing.”
The advantages of the artificial foliage
1: MULTI-USE Items such as poinsettia picks make a great focal piece in an arrangement, but can also be used to decorate a tree, used in a wreath, inserted into a garland, or used as a napkin ring for a holiday party.
2: UNIQUE ACCENTS There are unlimited uses for holiday foliage because of the many options available to people including picks, sprays, long stemmed florals, ribbon, fabrics, flocked or frosted stems, berries, etc. Ideas include dressing gift boxes with Christmas roses or other foliage; draping mailboxes with some PVC and mixed foliage or red berries; or simply potting juniper balls into a decorative Christmas urn.
3: POPS OF COLOR We now offer life like holiday greenery and bouquets that are realistic reproductions of natural flowers. The most current trend for floral is moving towards natural foliage decorations with accents of bright colors, shine and glitter. “We still see traditional red, greens and golds, but emerging colors are chartreuse, fuchsia and purples – a bit off the traditional color wheel, but more youthful,” “We see these hues against backgrounds of natural-looking greens.”
4: UNEXPECTED BLOOMS There also seems to be a departure from the expected holly and pine in holiday florals. While both the aforementioned are still popular, there are some new perennials that defy trends. “I’m seeing folks use a lot of ‘other’ greenery and branches that aren’t typically holiday but lend themselves well to holiday decorating: boxwood, myrtle, moss branches, and ‘silver grey’ foliage such as dusty miller, and eucalyptus,” he says. “Magnolia leaves are a timeless classic.”