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Product Profile: Christmas Special

Written by Rona Wheeldon
November 27, 2015

If you're looking for festive inspiration, then grab a cuppa and have a browse through this month's bumper Christmas Special report!

You’ll find examples of the absolutely amazing array of flowers, plants, foliage and sundries which you can expect to find all under one roof at New Covent Garden Flower Market in the run-up to Christmas Day.

Foliage Row, in particular, is looking like a veritable Aladdin's Cave, with twigs in just about every colour and sparkle imaginable. Plus, there's good old traditional real holly with berries.

Holly with red berries at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Flowers

Inside, there are boxes upon boxes of amaryllis in a wide range of colours including 'Mont Blanc'...

Green 'Mont Blanc' amaryllis at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

'Red Lion'

'Red Lion' amaryllis at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

'Liberty'

 Red 'Liberty' amaryllis at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

'Royal Velvet'

Purple 'Royal Velvet amaryllis at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

'Superstar'

Red and green 'Superstar' amaryllis at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

'Hercules'

Pink and green 'Hercules' amaryllis at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...and 'Darling Pink'.

Pink 'Darling Pink' amaryllis at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

On the Ilex front, expect to see 'Verticillata'... (including at 1m 30cm in height at Dennis Edwards Flowers!)

Red ilex 'Verticillata' at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

'Winter Gold'

Orange ilex 'Winter Gold' at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

'Oudijks'

Orange ilex 'Oudijks' at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

'Gresgold'

Yellow and pink ilex 'Gresgold' at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...and 'Julia'.

White and pink ilex 'Julia' at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

You'll also find frosted ilex at Dennis Edwards Flowers.

White and red frosted ilex at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

And at Zest Flowers, there's gold painted ilex!

Gold painted ilex at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Staying with the gold theme, check out Zest Flowers on Instagram, where you'll find this recent picture of gold glitter hydrangea which Graeme posted. It's superb for adding a real touch of glitz to a design!

With tulip season now here, there are lots of different varieties available. How about these 'Super Parrot' tulips at DG Wholesale Flowers? And what a wonderful photo James posted on Instagram of their display.

Green and white 'Super Parrot' tulips at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Or for a fringed variety, check out Bloomfield's Instagram account.

Red is such a traditional colour at Christmas. And anemones...

Red anemones at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...and 'Grand Prix' roses at Alagar are the perfect blooms to use in yuletide arrangements.

Red 'Grand Prix' roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

It's so lovely to see that ranunculus are back at Nine Elms! They're available in lots of different colours, including white.

White ranunculus at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

And at Dennis Edwards Flowers, they've started getting in Cloni ranunculus, including the breath-taking pale pink Hanoi variety. As well as flowers, Dennis has recently had a visit from Father Christmas (in different sizes and attires!) Check out his Instagram account for some pictures.

Paper White Narcissi from the Isles of Scilly add such a beautiful scent to designs and you'll find them in abundance.

Paper White Narcissi at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Plants

Poinsettia are popping up at the plant wholesalers in not only different sizes, but also different colours. There's red...

Red poinsettia at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...and very pale peachy pink at Quality Plants. These mini plants are often referred to as 'tots' and they've even got a pure white variety in this size!

Pale pink 'tots' poinsettia at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Plus at Evergreen you'll find cream. These ones below are referred to as 'Silver Goodies', as they come in silver pots.

Cream 'Silver Goodies' poinsettia at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

As well as cut holly outside on Foliage Row, inside there are also these holly tots.

Green and red holly tots at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

And for something a little bit different, how about these fabulous hanging ivy balls at Arnott & Mason?They'd make a real statement!

Green hanging ivy balls at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Aptly, Christmas rose (Helleborus niger) plants are in plentiful supply...

White Christmas rose plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...as are hyacinth bulbs in different colours.

Hycanith bulbs at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

And also ideal to pot up and decorate for gifts for your customers to buy, are amaryllis bulbs in white and red.

Amaryllis bulbs at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Fresh Foliage

Continuing their annual tradition, GB Foliage have a fabulous festive hanging installation.

Hanging festive foliage installation at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

And out there on Foliage Row, you'll find garlands aplenty. There are all-round garlands, which are perfect for decorating banisters. And then there are flat-back ones, which are ideal for mantelpieces or around windows and door frames. Or if you'd like to make your own designs, there are also bundles of pine.

Green pine garlands at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

You'll find lichen twigs and branches available, which are a great addition to natural arrangements.

Green lichen twigs and branches at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Or to add a pop of colour, inside there's skimmia in green, red and also what's referred to as pink!

Green skimmia at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Sprayed Foliage

With metallics being such a big trend this Christmas, you'll find sprayed foliage in abundance on Foliage Row, with this super display at GB Foliage.

Metallic foliage at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Particularly popular is asparagus fern. It's available in lots of different colourways including rose gold (also sometimes referred to as champagne), white, gold and silver.

Rose gold asparagus fern at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

There’s also grevillea...

Gold grevillea at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...magnolia... (which looked fabulous in this wreath design made by Charlotte at Jane Packer at the recent College Day)

Copper magnolia at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...eucalyptus pods...

Gold and silver eucalyptus pods at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...twisted willow...

Gold twisted willow at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...and birch, in just about every colour you could wish for, with or without glitter. Check out Porters Foliage's Instagram feed to see some examples.

Gold and silver birch at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

And you'll also find coral fern and hazel catkins in lots of different metallic colours. Plus snow twigs too!

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees, ranging in height from 3ft-20ft, can be found at several traders at the Market, including Evergreen, where Eric has them in plentiful supply together with tree stands. They're available both cut and potted.

Eric of Evergreen with Christmas trees at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

For something compact, how about these picea at Arnott & Mason?

Green picea at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

At Quality Plants as well as real trees, you'll also find trees of a different kind, together with reindeer. Did you know Quality are on Instagram?

Wooden Christmas trees and reindeer at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

And C Best have some artificial trees in different sizes and textures too!

White fluffy Christmas trees at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

White model Christmas trees at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Christmas Tree Decorations

That's where you'll also find baubles in lots of different sizes,shapes and colours, from large...

Gold, blue and red large baubles at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...to small.

Gold small baubles at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

For a Scandi themed Christmas tree, how about these white wooden hearts...

White wooden hearts at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...white metal hearts...

White metal hearts at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...or white wooden reindeer?

White wooden reindeer at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Wreaths

You'll find blue pine wreaths in an assortment of different diameters.

Blue pine wreaths at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Or if you're going to make yours from scratch, head to one of the sundry suppliers for flat wire wreath rings.

Copper flat wire wreath rings at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

If time is tight, you'll be pleased to know that several wholesalers have ready-made wreaths... such as these designs at Porters Foliage...

White twig wreaths at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

White and natural stick wreaths at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...this one below and lots of other wreaths at Zest Flowers...

Frosted mixed wreath at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...and here’s one of the designs at C Best.

Dried fruit wreath at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Assorted Decorations

Inside at Porters Foliage, the air is heady with the scent of dried fruits and cinnamon. You'll find orange slices, lemon slices, apple slices, grapefruit slices, whole oranges, chillis, lotus heads and solanum. Plus cinnamon sticks in varying lengths.

Mixed dried fruits at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Natural cones are available in plentiful supply...

Natural pine cones at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...together with metallic...

Metallic pine cones at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...snow-dusted...

White snow-dusted pine cones at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...and glittered.

Colourful glittered pine cones at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

To add a different texture to arrangements, how about frosted or waxed fruit?

Gold and white, frosted and waxed apples at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Pepperberry, in various hues including gold, copper and silver, can be found in abundance. A single sprig looks so effective as a simple napkin decoration.

Gold pepperberry at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Or to add fragrance, don't forget star anise!

Fragrant star anise at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Artificial Foliage

So, we've looked at fresh foliage, but what about artificial? Check out these painted grass sprays in white, gold and silver at C Best

Gold and silver painted glass sprays at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...where you'll also find frosted eucalyptus...

Gold and silver frosted artificial eucalyptus at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...cone sprays...

Frosted artificial cone sprays at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...holly leaf garlands...

Rose gold glittery artificial holly leaf garlands at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...cypress garlands...

Gold and silvery glittery artificial cypress garlands at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...and snowy sophora spray.

White snowy artificial sophora spray at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Christmas decorations for bouquets & arrangements

Looking to add fragrance to a bouquet? How about these cinnamon scented pine cones on sticks at J H Hart Flowers?

Brown cinnamon-scented pine cones on sticks at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

And you'll find them in rose gold, platinum and lots of other colours at several traders.

Platinum pine cones on sticks at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Look out for cedar roses in different hues...

Silver cedar roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...plus lotus heads and poppy seed heads.

Animals & Snowmen

Animals are popular again this year, with penguins still flying off the shelves! J H Hart Flowers has a great selection.

Brown twig penguins at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

And Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without polar bears at Whittingtons. So, here's my annual photo with Ian and his arctic friends. Do pop by their stand and ask him his polar bear joke!

Ian of Whittingtons with polar bear friends at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Stag heads, in silver, wood and bronze are very much in demand at Quality Plants!

Silver stag heads at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Plus, of course, there are reindeer and snowmen to be found at several of the wholesalers.

Mixed reindeer and snowmen at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Lighting

Lights of every type and length your heart desires can be found at C Best...

White LED lights at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...together with candles.

White chapel candles at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

And if the venue you're working in would prefer not to have naked flames, they have a great range of alternative candles in different sizes.

Alternative candles at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Alternative candles at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

Accessories

Last, but no means least, are a selection of accessories. The Flower Store (part of Bloomfield) are finding these tealight crowns to be very sought after.

Brown and white tealight crowns at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

And of course, Oasis spray in every colour you would ever need can be found at Nine Elms...

Metallic Oasis sprays at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

...plus ribbons too!

Metallic ribbons at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas 2015

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 2015! 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...

You can view the trading times for the Market over the festive period by clicking here.

P.S. Don't forget that New Covent Garden Flower Market is on Instagram too!

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