Best Flowers for the Holidays

Best Flowers for the Holidays

It’s a great idea to celebrate the holidays with a festive bouquet. Flowers add cheer to any occasion and you can create a beautiful arrangement using just a few types, no need to get too fussy! Below, find some suggestions for great bouquets to compliment every gathering the whole year round. A few holidays lend themselves easily to a patriotic red, white and blue scheme, but don’t be afraid to add a dash of color with another type of seasonal flower. These can actually fill out the bouquet quite well and add an element of the unexpected.

New Year’s Day:

Bouquets in silver and white echo the snow-laden landscape of New Years Day. Use white roses, white lilies and baby’s breath, accented with some bear grass and curly willow. Calendula, Pansies and Hellebores are winter-blooming flowers that can add a dash of color.

President’s Day:

The go-to arrangement or bouquet for this patriotic holiday would be a red white and blue scheme. For white, you might want to consider using white calla lilies, Casablanca lilies or paper whites. For blue, blue hydrangea or purple blue larkspur will work, and for red, try red ranunculus. For a dash of color, add pink stargazer lilies or yellow kangaroo paw, which are both in season in February. There are many patriotic holidays, so feel free to experiment which variations on the traditional color schemes.

Memorial Day:

For memorial day, you can go with a red, white and blue scheme or just choose a selection of seasonal flowers, although I would recommend keeping to cool tones in green, blue and white. If you do opt for a patriotic scheme white peonies, freesia and gerbers are in season. For red, you can use alstroemeria (Peruvian Lilies) or red Gerber daises, and for blue try blue cornflowers or blue delphinium. Add some color with pink lisianthus or alstroemeria. A simple and elegant arrangement also suits this holiday well, nothing loud or flashy. Choose from the whites and blues listed above and accent with some greens such as bear grass, mini green hydrangeas or curly willow.

Independence Day:

This is the only patriotic holiday where I might recommend sticking with the traditional color scheme. White lisianthus and white and red zinnias are in season. Blue iris or cornflower will complement these with gorgeous purple-blue tones. Add one or two stems of calla green goddess for a splash of green. On the other hand, you could flout tradition with a big cheery bouquet of sunflowers.

Labor Day:

In patriotic colors you will find blue and white hyacinths, white magnolia, red roses, and red white and blue snapdragon all in season. To spruce up this traditional bouquet, add purple freesia, which will complement the purple-blue tones stunningly.

Columbus Day:

For Columbus Day you will want to choose either fall colors (green, orange, and yellow) or the colors of the Italian flag (green, red, and white). For white, choose Lily of the Valley, Wax Flower, or white callas. In red, you will find amaryllis, amaranthus, red hypericum berries all readily available. Mango callas make a great orange element here, as do orange alstroemeria and amaryllis. Yellow hypericum flowers and yellow callas are in season, for yellow. And for green, use green hypericum or dianthus.


For this festive holiday, go with shades of orange, yellow, brown, green and red. Feel free to include some small gourds or pumpkins, or even some attractive twigs or wheat stalks. Use mango callas or helenium (these have variegated red, orange and yellow petals). In yellow, choose freesia or lisianthus. For red, gerbers or alstroemeria will work. And, for green and brown, mix bear grass, curly willow and decorative twigs with fall leaves still on the branches.


Poinsettia plants are the favored floral decoration for Christmas. But you can also create gorgeous and original arrangements in shades or red and green with some seasonal blooms. For red, take your pick from peonies (a very rich blood-red shade), roses, tulips or poppies. For green, go with holly, bear grass, or cedar sprigs. Add some small ornaments, bells or glitter for a truly festive bouquet.


For Hannukah, you will want to use white and blue, the colors of the Israeli flag. Find Paper Whites, Stephanotis and Casablanca lilies in delicate shades of white and cream. For blue use larkspur, snapdragons or delphinium in blue-purple tones. Add silver and blue glitter to spruce things up.