If you have taken the effort to obtain a live cut Christmas tree, have you considered using real flowers to decorate your tree. There are number of ways to achieve this, and while we may be heading into winter, there are still a lot of flowering plants to choose from. If you have some early flowering Christmas (or Winter) Box, you can use several small sprays to liven up your Christmas tree – the perfume from the Box creates a great atmosphere.
Bright coloured Camellias add a big splash of colour if used judiciously while the yellow flowers of Winter Jasmine really stand out against the darker green foliage of your Christmas tree. The Christmas Rose is another that flowers well in winter, and it too looks great scattered throughout a tree. The downside to using cut flowers is that they do tend to wilt within days, so you do need a steady supply. There is an alternative.
One flower that I have seen used to great effect is the Winter Flowering Pansy and Violas. These are available in a range of colours with the Pansy flowers growing to more than three inches in diameter. The Violas are much smaller, but none the less effective. If you can find the smaller flowering Pansies then consider them, they are easier to use and easier to keep alive. So how do you keep them alive?
You can find finger pots in your local nursery. These are small thin pots, no wider than an inch, yet perfect for a single Pansy or Viola. Transfer your flowering plant into a finger pot, then carefully attach the pots to the stronger branches of your Christmas tree. You’ll be surprised at how light these potted plants are, and how far out you can attach them. If you don’t like the site of the pot hanging on your tree, cover them in a matching material – better yet, use cellophane to wrap the base of the pot attaching with an elastic band at the top of the pot. This will prevent water from dripping out of the pot – and yes, to keep your flowering Pansies and Violas alive, just water regularly.
Live flowers sprinkled throughout your Christmas tree together with LED lights (they don’t generate as much damaging heat), a few baubles, and garlands will turn your Christmas tree into a stunning display. And best of all, after Christmas, you can plant out your flowering Pansies and Violas.