Flowers

A florist’s guide to Christmas at the Flower Market

Written by Rona Wheeldon
November 09, 2017

There's absolutely everything you could ever dream of for Christmas 2017 - festive flowers, foliage, plants and sundries wise - at New Covent Garden Market. And it's all under one roof!

Whether it's Ilex verticillata, blue spruce, hellebore plants or baubles...you'll find it in abundance at Nine Elms. Read on for an overview of just some of the many yuletide must-haves you can expect to see on your next visit. 

By the way, it might be a good idea to grab a cuppa and settle down somewhere cosy first, as this is a special BUMPER report. Be prepared to be very inspired!

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Ilex Verticillata Red At Dennis Edwards Flowers November 2017 Hero

Flowers

Boxes upon boxes of amaryllis are available in a range of different colours. This striking bloom is perfect for vase arrangements, as shown in this stunning design by Ming at Veevers Carter. And it's also fantastic in mantelpiece designs, like this sensational creation by Ruth at All for Love. 

If it's a white variety you're after, head to DG Wholesale Flowers for 'Mont Blanc'. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Mont Blanc Amaryllis At Dg Wholesale Flowers November 2017

That's where they also have 'Lilac Favourite', with its deep reddish-pink petals. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Lilac Favourite Amaryllis At Dg Wholesale Flowers November 2017

Or for a dark floral look choose 'Loyalty', which has almost burgundy petals.  

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Loyalty Amaryllis At Dg Wholesale Flowers November 2017

Red Ilex verticillata adds such a quintessential festive look to arrangements, like in this vase design by Nik at Grace & Thorn. But how about 'Winter Gold' below with its beautiful apricot berries at JH Hart Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Ilex Verticillata Winter Gold At J H Hart Flowers November 2017

Or this yellow variety called 'Citronella'? 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Ilex Verticillata Citronella At Dg Wholesale Flowers November 2017

Winter white is such a much-requested Christmas theme. And making a very welcome reappearance at the Flower Market are these pretty white anemones

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona White Anemones At Zest Flowers November 2017

In the same vein, choose white 'Antarctica' tulips at Dennis Edwards Flowers for your hand-tied bouquets.  

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona White Antarctica Tulips At Dennis Edwards Flowers November 2017

And look! Cloni ranunculus are back. They're available in not just white, but other colours too...

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona White Cloni Ranunculus At Dennis Edwards Flowers November 2017

If it's fragrance you're after for designs, then head to Pratley for Paperwhite narcissi

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Paper White Narcissi At Pratley November 2017

Or how about heavenly scented 'Norma Jeane' roses

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Norma Jeane Roses At Zest Flowers November 2017

Moving on to red blooms...pick the stalwart rose, 'Red Naomi'. You'll find it at Dennis Edwards Flowers, along with 'Black Baccara'. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Red Naomi Roses At Dennis Edwards Flowers November 2017

Plants

Let's move on to potted plants. And yes, Poinsettia have arrived already at the market! You'll find them as small red and white plants or 'tots' as they're referred to at Evergreen. And Quality Plants are expecting a delivery imminently of larger specimens.

This Poinsettia Product Profile makes interesting reading, just in case you missed it first time around. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Mini Red Poinsettia Plants At Evergreen November 2017

Over at L Mills, there are trolleys brimming full of homegrown Cyclamen in a range of different sizes and varieties. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British White And Red Cyclamen Plants At L Mills November 2017

If you're on the look-out though for hellebores with spot-on yuletide names, head to Evergreen for this fabulous variety called 'Christmas Carol'. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hellebore Christmas Carol Plants At Evergreen November 2017

Fresh Foliage

You really can't beat the heady scent of bundles of fresh pine at the foliage specialists, GB Foliage and Porters Foliage. You'll find several types including blue spruce.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Blue Spruce At Porters Foliage November 2017

Plus there are blue spruce garlands, ideal for stair banisters and mantelpiece designs.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Blue Spruce Garlands At Gb Foliage November 2017

Resplendent with red berries, there's traditional holly at GB Foliage.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Holly At Gb Foliage November 2017

...plus you'll find Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' at the market. Not only red, but the green variety too. Check out this exquisite wreath design by Zita Elze featuring this festive filler. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Skimmia Japonica Rubella At Dg Wholesale Flowers November 2017

Popular for natural winter designs are steel grey eucalyptus pods. You can see them used beautifully in this stunning wreath by Derek at SuperNature Flowers and this gorgeous design by Rowan at Rowan Blossom. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Eucalyptus Pods At Porters Foliage November 2017

Still proving to be a massive hit for Christmas arrangements is asparagus fern. And you can find an amazing selection of different colours and finishes at Porters Foliage, including this pale pink variety. 

They also have silver, gold, copper, bronze, white, orange, red and black! This feathery fern adds such an ethereal touch to designs. And how lovely does it look in this chuppah by Simon Lycett?

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Pink Asparagus Fern At Porters Foliage November 2017

Glitter birch twigs in just about every colour and sparkle conceivable are available at Porters Foliage. From red, white, purple and silver to gold, rose gold, platinum, pale blue, orange, and black.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Birch Twigs At Porters Foliage November 2017

If you're looking for something with less height, then head to Zest Flowers for short painted birch.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Short Painted Birch Twigs At Zest Flowers November 2017

Metallic foliage looks incredible in wreath designs. Check out this gorgeous rose gold themed wreath by Mark and Stephen at Bloomsbury Flowers. At Porters Foliage, there's not only gold leather leaf, but copper and silver too.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Gold Leather Leaf At Porters Foliage November 2017

Plus gold and bronze grevillea can be found at GB Foliage

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Bold Bronze Grevillea At Gb Foliage November 2017

Christmas Trees

Real Christmas trees, ranging in height from 3ft-20ft, can be ordered from several traders. And you'll find a great range at Evergreen.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Christmas Trees At Evergreen November 2017

And let's take our first step into the Christmas 'Aladdin's Cave' that is C Best! They have an extensive seasonal offering and this report features just the tip of the iceberg. Ideal for shop window displays, they have a range of decorative and artificial Christmas trees... 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Metal Effect Christmas Trees At C Best November 2017

Christmas Tree Decorations

They also have the widest range of baubles, in every size, shape and colour you could ever wish for. They're not only must-have adornments for trees, as illustrated beautifully here by Neil from NB Flowers, but they also look fabulous on wreaths. Check out this gorgeous design by Marianne at Sweet Pea Flowers. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Christmas Baubles At C Best November 2017

For a kitsch Christmas tree, how about these cute hanging motifs, which are on display at C Best

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Chstimas Tree Decorations At C Best November 2017

Wreaths 

Blue pine wreaths, in an assortment of different diameters, are starting to arrive at our foliage specialists.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Blue Spruce Wreaths At Gb Foliage November 2017

But if it's artificial wreaths you're looking for, then you're in luck at Zest Flowers. This rope-wreath is available in two different sizes and was very in demand last year. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Artificial Wreaths At Zest Flowers November 2017

They also have a lovely range of wreaths at The Flower Store (part of Bloomfield), which are ready-decorated...

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Decorated Artificial Wreaths At The Flower Store November 2017

...plus they have unadorned ones too.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Artificial Wreaths At The Flower Store November 2017

For those customers who prefer a white colour scheme, how about this asparagus fern wreath at Dennis Edwards Flowers?

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Sprayed White Asparagus Fern Wreath At Dennis Edwards Flowers November 2017

Assorted Decorations 

Fruit is yet again very popular for decorating Christmas designs. You'll find dried whole green oranges and whole orange oranges, plus slices too. If you're looking for design inspiration, check out this wonderful wreath by Matt at Urban Flower Co, featuring both sliced and whole green oranges. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Whole Green Oranges At Porters Foliage November 2017

Dried apple slices in red and green can be found at Zest Flowers

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dried Apple Slices At Zest Flowers November 2017

Plus sparkly, waxed and frosted apples can be found at Porters Foliage. Also look out for red pumpinos and chilli peppers. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Sparkly Waxed Fruit At Porters Foliage November 2017

To add a touch of scent to arrangements, you can pick up cinnamon sticks in different lengths.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Cinnamon Sticks At Porters Foliage November 2017

Or to include texture, what could be better than natural pine cones? They add a great touch to wreaths, as shown in this fabulous wreath by Hattie at That Flower Shop and this beautiful design by Amanda at Amanda Austin Flowers. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Natural Pine Cones At Zest Flowers November 2017

Artificial Flowers, Foliage & Berries

Let's head back to C Best for a look at just a very small selection of their artificial offerings, including these red poinsettias...

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Artificial Red Poinsettia At C Best November 2017

...pine garlands...

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Artificial Pine Garlands At C Best November 2017

and mossy pine cone sprays too. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Artificial Mossy Pine Cone Sprays At C Best November 2017

You'll also find artificial red berries at the market. The frosted variety look amazing in this fabulous wreath design by Shane Connolly. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Artificial Red Berries At Zest Flowers November 2017

Christmas decorations for bouquets & arrangements

There are wraps aplenty of pine cones on sticks in every colour imaginable, including silver, gold, copper, platinum, white and red. Plus rose gold pictured below, which was a huge hit at Zest Flowers last year and sold out very quickly. Oh and let's not forget cinnamon scented pine cones too! 

Zest also have sparkly pears. Check out this amazing arrangement by Rob Van Helden featuring glittery gold pears. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Rose Gold Pine Cones At Zest Flowers November 2017

And have a look at their silver lotus heads on sticks, baubles and poppy seed heads whilst you're there. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Silver Lotus Heads On Sticks At Zest Flowers November 2017

Animals

A menagerie of animals can be found at New Covent Garden Market this month. A pack of diamante polar bears, plus owls, hedgehogs and penguins are making themselves at home at what's fondly referred to as 'Bling City' at Zest

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Diamante Polar Bears At Zest Flowers November 2017

Whilst over at C Best, there's a waddle of fluffy penguins...

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Fluffy Penguins At C Best November 2017

and a herd of silver reindeer

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Silver Metal Reindeer At C Best November 2017

Lighting

If you need lights, whether electric or battery operated garlands, then you'll be spoilt for choice at C Best

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Fairy Lights At C Best November 2017

They also have a great range of candles, including tealights

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona White Tealight Candles At C Best November 2017

Head to Whittingtons at the other end of the market though for these white pillar candles, which are ideal for featuring in table arrangements. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona White Pillar Candles At Whittingtons November 2017

For those occasions where the naked flame isn't permitted, they have battery powered LED pillar candles too.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Battery Powered White Candles At Whittingtons November 2017

Accessories 

And check out their array of spray paints, if you need to add a touch of glitz to an arrangement. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Gold Spray At Whittingtons November 2017

Last but by no means least, fulfil all your haberdashery needs ribbon wise at Nine Elms this month. No matter what colour, width or type, it's sure to be stocked by one of our traders.

New Covent Garden Flower Market A Florists Guide To Christmas At The Flower Market Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Red Ribbons At C Best November 2017

So, I hope this special report has given you lots and lots of inspiration for your wreaths, garlands, table decorations, trees, bouquets, window displays and installations for Christmas 2017! 

Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we'd love to hear from you…

P.S. Have you seen our brand new Flower Market video

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