The nights are drawing in. The air is getting cooler. And the last remnants of summer sunshine are just about clinging on by the tips of their fingers. This means only one thing – autumn is officially here! Spooky season enthusiast or already dreaming about next year's summer sun - no matter how you feel about the onset of the autumn season, the change to cooler weather doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your home with beautiful autumn winter flowers.
High-Quality Artificial Flowers
Nothing quite beats the fresh look and inviting smell of real flowers. However, with these you are tied to choosing only what's in season. Plus, your arrangements are unlikely to last until the end of autumn, let alone winter. That’s why we specialise in high-quality artificial flowers for indoor use. Delicate and lifelike in appearance, these faux beauties look just as good as the real thing. They can be used year after year to create a fresh arrangement or bouquet. Better yet, when it comes to faux flowers, you can choose whichever that take your fancy. Sunflowers in winter - sure! Peonies during autumn - why not! Poinsettias on display in July - ...we're not so sure about that one, but don't let us stop you!
The diversity of artificial flowers is what makes them so appealing (and low maintenance!). However, if you really want to fool your green-fingered friends, we’d recommend choosing artificial autumn winter flowers in line with the seasons. Some species see varieties flowering in both spring/summer and autumn/winter seasons. Others are suited simply to one season. Using our expert knowledge of everything floral and faux floral, we've put together a list of blooms that you can use to create a beautiful arrangement in your home this season...
An Elegant Go-To Bloom
First off - roses. Roses are perhaps our most versatile flower in this post. Adored for their beauty, this popular flower naturally grows all year round and comes in a variety of colours. If you have artificial roses already, style these individually or together with other single stems in an autumn arrangement. For a wintry, festive feel, we'd recommend red and white roses to match the colours of the season.
The Birth Flower of November
The delicate chrysanthemum – or Kiku in Japanese – is a flower readily associated with autumn. In fact, it is the birth flower of November and so makes a suitable choice for an arrangement of autumn winter flowers. The chrysanthemum is characterised by its elegant spray of petals and variation of colour, size and variety. Flowering naturally from September to October, now is the perfect time to decorate your home with artificial chrysanthemums. Jane, our in-house floral expert, suggests checking what types of chrysanthemum are in season. Some varieties are available all year round, whilst others solely bloom for autumn and winter.
A Vintage Bloom
Often referred to as an old fashioned flower you might find amongst your grandparent’s flower bed, the hydrangea is a timeless garden classic. And although hydrangeas come in a range of colours (even two-tone!), the more antique-looking varieties in autumnal shades are particularly suitable for this time of year. This versatile bloom flowers naturally from early spring to late autumn. Create your own display of autumn winter flowers using an array of artificial hydrangea stems or choose a pre-made artificial arrangement.
4. Japanese Anemones
A Whisper of Summer
Not to be mistaken for the anemones found on the rock pools of the seabed, the anemone flower is characterised by its collar style petals and lacy foliage. Unlike other varieties which favour spring and summer, the Japanese anemone is more suited to the early autumn period. The petals of this variety are often a little less prominent than other anemones (which resemble a poppy-like appearance). Known as the windflower, the anemone takes it’s name from the Greek anemos meaning 'wind' and mone meaning 'habitation', which gives us an indication as to where this flower naturally grows. Style an artificial Japanese anemone spray inside a simple vase this autumn to create a centrepiece to evoke memories of the summer.
5. Ivy & Holly Sprays
Nothing quite says winter like sprigs of holly and flourishes of pine needles. Boasting beautiful textures and green hues, festive foliage is perfect for incorporating into your flower arrangements and decor as the seasons move from autumn into winter. Begin with swathes of falling ivy on the windowsill in October and then swap these for pinecone sprays and holly stems amongst flower arrangements in mid to late November to create the beginnings of a festive home. Before you know it, you'll be singing Bublé and putting up the tree!
6. Maple Foliage
Autumn in an Instant
If you're not quite ready for the festive feel of holly, ivy, pine and mistletoe, go autumnal with your foliage first. A spray of orange, a whisper of yellow and a sprinkle of browny-red - nothing says autumn like maple! Adding maple leaves to your flower arrangements will inject your home with instant warmth. However, when it comes to leafy foliage, we'd recommend always choosing artificial over the real thing. This is because it is guaranteed to last throughout the season. Real stems will wilt very quickly. Place flourishes throughout your arrangement to create an autumnal feel. Or style a maple garland like this one on windowsills, mantelpieces or staircases. Alternatively, if you'd like less leaf and more flower, you can always arrange stems in autumnal hues into vases to get those orangey, yellow colours into your home.
7. Rosehips & Berries
Rosehips and berries certainly have an autumnal if not festive feel. Rosehip sprays are formed once the rose has bloomed and it’s petals have fallen. What’s left then begins to ripen and becomes a seed-like form characterised by a red and pulpy appearance. Berries are synonymous with the winter season and can often be found laced in wreaths and garlands. They also come in simple sprig-like forms too. Style a cluster of rosehips or berries on their own in a glass vase or add individual artificial sprays to arrangements for autumnal texture.
A Hardy & Elegant Autumn Winter Flower
Cyclamen are an elegant addition to homes during the autumn winter season. Naturally, these hardy blooms flower in autumn and winter, adding fresh colour to garden flower beds amongst the frost and snow. Potted cyclamen look beautiful in the home during the colder seasons, coming in shades of white, pink and red for a touch of colour.
9. Sprayed Gold & Silver Sprigs
Decorative Blooms For Annual Use
Although not technically a flower, we couldn't miss decorative sprays off our list of autumn winter flowers. Branches, twigs and leaves in sparkling shades of gold and silver are a spectacular finishing touch to a winter arrangement, whether your flowers be real or fake. From silver ferns and drapes of glittering willow to frosted white branches and laced silver holly, glittering foliage can be incorporated into existing floral arrangements, adding a sparkle to match the season. Of course, you can style this faux foliage into your home all year round. But nothing quite says Christmas like the metallic shades of gold and silver!
The Lily of the Nile
Native to South Africa, the agapanthus is one of our most showy autumn winter flowers. It is characterised by its tall stem and spray of trumpet shaped petal forms. This beautiful perennial (flowering in the same season year after year) blooms from late spring into the beginning of autumn. So, if you’re thinking about using agapanthus to decorate your home, October is the month to do it. Known commonly as the 'Lily of the Nile' due to the elegant lily-like shape of its flowers, this autumn stem comes in shades of blue, white or violet blue. Artificial agapanthus look beautiful styled together with matching stems in autumn floral arrangements. Try styling with artificial eucalyptus to create a refreshing look.