How to Make the Perfect Holiday Flower Arrangement Without Poinsettias

Rick Phillips doesn’t want to hate a plant. the Cebolla Fine Flowers the greenhouse designer loves all greenery, but he says he’s hesitant about poinsettias.

“They’re not one of my favorites, let’s just say that,” he said shyly.

The traditional Christmas plant, native to Mexico, is poisonous to pets. Plus, it doesn’t do very well in cooler weather in Dallas (the leaves are likely to curl), Phillips says.

“They are temperamental. But, he admits, they are beautiful. I saw pictures of some 20 feet in diameter in a huge bush. But it is in the natural habitat, of course.

Phillips says he prefers more quirky and unique flowers to decorate Christmas rooms, like succulents or orchids, and mix together pine cones, Christmas greens and other ornaments to add a bit of flair. .

“That way you have something for your home that is ‘vacation’, but it’s not garish red poinsettias or glitzy bows or anything like that,” he says. “It’s much more natural. It has a lot more impact. “

We chatted with the 35-year-old flower shop veteran about her favorite winter plants, easy ways to dress up a garden, and the perfect flower arrangement from the grocery store.

This interview has been edited slightly for length and clarity.

Are poinsettias as poisonous as they say?

They are poisonous. It is a fact. And there are a lot of plants that will annoy cats and dogs.

Are there other poisonous flowers common at this time of year?

What I do, if there is a question, I always google it and search.

When creating your own flower arrangement, Phillips suggests using flowers that take up a lot of space.

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What are some fresh winter flowers other than poinsettias?

There are all kinds of bulb flowers. Amaryllis is a huge bulb, and it will end up in three stumps, and those will have three to four big, huge flowers opening up, and we only get that at this time of year.

Also, when it comes to plants, there is a Christmas cactus that is really, really attractive. And I know it’s kind of old school, but it’s kinda fun. Their colors are hot pink and white and a dusty pink color which is really pretty. We don’t use them all the time either.

What’s an easy way to dress up my flower vase?

You can add all kinds of glitter sticks and make it really, really punchy. And I have a beautiful ribbon that I can add. You know, that’s what we do at this time of year.

How can I make my current garden more festive?

I do a lot of gardens for people. So, if they want to do some decoration for the holidays, it’s very simple: just put on a few ornaments. Like I wanted to make little frosty white balls mixed with succulents to give it that feel. Then, after the vacation is over, you can take them out.

What advice would you give to someone making a last minute flower arrangement from the grocery store?

I think the easiest thing to do is start small, rather than trying to make a big, big, huge arrangement without having any experience. Because I think people have that vision in their heads sometimes, and then when they get the items, go home and start doing it, it just doesn’t work.

Cebolla Fine Flowers Holiday Flower Arrangement with Orchids

Phillips says his orchids are more popular than his succulents.

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OK, I’m going small. How should I build my arrangement?

Get some Christmas veggies, cedar or pine and start with a base. And just sort of build on it. You kind of want flowers that will take care of the real estate. You know what I mean? You want some that take up space in your vase. Unlike a small rose, amaryllis are quite large and beautiful. Hydrangeas are always really, really good. Tulips, even – just a mass of white tulips mixed in Christmas sticks, silver or green, a little metallic, look really, really classy. …

I like to group things together. I like to use them in groups. You got them in your hand, you got them in a pile, and you cut them like that, you can build on that. You have them in a group. This is another good way to work out.

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