christmas flowers – red and black

by Sharon Santoni

red roses arranged for a christmas bouquet

I thought it would be fun to put together some ideas for flowers around the house for the holidays.  You know how much I love to have flowers everywhere, be it single blooms in a glass or large generous bouquets, they are my finishing touch to a welcoming home.


red roses arranged for a christmas bouquet


As much as possible I use flowers from the garden, and as you can imagine at this time of year choice is limited.   So I tend to buy a few flowers from the florist and hunt around the garden for the foliage to accompany.

red roses arranged for a christmas bouquet

Today is the first Christmas bouquet, I shall try and show you two more at least before the big day.   This bouquet is very traditional colours for the festive season.  These deep red roses are velvety and luxurious and look fantastic teamed with the dark holly and box leaves, and the grey green berries from our huge ivy.

red roses arranged for a christmas bouquet

I arranged them on the three tiered cake stand that I have used here before, you may remember that I displayed summer roses and peonies  in the same way last June.  It is simple to layer the plates  and place a block of florists foam on each.


red roses arranged for a christmas bouquet



Voila!   Deep reds and greens for you this Sunday …. what colours shall I use next week?


Karena December 7, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Absolutely Stunning Sharon! I love the dark green holly and gray berries with the red florals! Arranged perfectly!

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Gina December 7, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Beautiful combination of roses and greens from your garden. I would love to see white roses with peach centers and combined with Paperwhites for a Christmas bouquet.

Katarina December 7, 2014 - 2:27 pm

It’s beautiful! Perfect combination of green and rich red colors. Thanks for one more pleasure you shared with us, best wishes to you and all your family! Katarina.

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon December 7, 2014 - 2:32 pm

You are the queen of bouquets. 🙂


Laura Keane December 7, 2014 - 2:38 pm

So pretty! I have some Holly bushes that I’m going to try to use with red roses for the holidays along with other greens.

Josephine December 7, 2014 - 2:38 pm

How beautiful! Love your flower arrangement
. I live in a very hot area so do not get many greens, like your ivy. Happy Holidays! Love your blog

Vicky from Athens December 7, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Just stunning! I love the combination you put together and I’m especially fascinated with the beautiful gray/green berries that came from your ivy. I’ve never seen ivy with berries. Can you tell me the name of it, please – I’d love to have some!

Pat Crowder December 7, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Sharon, you are so talented. This makes me so happy!!! Pat

Judi December 7, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Beautiful, wish you would show us the steps in how you do it.
Thank you for sharing

Marlene Stephenson December 7, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Beautiful flowers,thanks.

Esther George December 7, 2014 - 9:37 pm

Hi Sharon, it’s 8.25 Monday morning I woke up at 5.00 am to the sound of thunder, this has been going for days and destroying all the flowers….I object. So your bouquet this morning is a lovely way to start the day. We have a beautiful English Holly tree in the front yard in Spring it’s berries turn red, you should see the birds having a feast…absolutely beautiful. How about Lilac for your next bouquet? Thank you for sharing beauty. Till next time Regards Esther from Sydney. PS yesterday the thunder was so loud it shook the house and we thought it was the start of an earthquake, I can’t remember a storm like this…ever.

Mary Ellen December 7, 2014 - 10:08 pm

HOLY CHRISTMAS! Absolutely beautiful. The combination of the frosty candles and the shade of red roses is so festive. I also like the dark contrast of the candlestick and the dark plate holder. The berries are the finishing touch. Wish I was coming for dinner!

Doré @ BurlapLuxe December 8, 2014 - 12:44 am

Rich beauty, and so inspires the holidays.

Love the candle lit beauty.


Katherine December 8, 2014 - 1:51 am

Truly beautiful. You have a natural talent for presenting vignettes and floral.

Colleen Taylor December 8, 2014 - 4:39 am

Absolutely gorgeous Sharon! The lush red of the roses arranged in your photo with the candles & all the finery speak so romantically festive to me! It just doesn’t get any better than this my dear! I love these photos & can almost smell that scent from there to here!

Roxane Lacroix December 8, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Superb! Always enjoy your gorgeous floral bouquets, thank you for sharing!

Linda@Living Life in the Village December 8, 2014 - 3:05 pm

What a gorgeous bouquet! So elegant. I’m so glad i found your blog and I check it everyday to see what’s going on at your wonderful house.

Rita December 8, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Uh….how many talents do you have if I may ask? Because floral arranging in one you definitely can add to the list.! Beautiful as always.:)

Jeanne McKay Hartmann December 8, 2014 - 6:26 pm

So pretty and so clever – I never would have thought to use a cake stand in this way, Sharon. And the colors are gorgeous. Beautiful! XO

FRA December 16, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Oh Sharon,

every time I visit your blog it is like coming to such a sophisticated, elegant yet simple place!

I love love love the first pictures and the sumptuos bouquet itself.


Karen in VA December 14, 2018 - 12:03 am

… these are beautiful shots Sharon … next? Maybe a peach with a few lighter green leaves … I think nature looks wonderful no matter what colors you pick.

And I’m looking forward to the Orange Marmalade post … I bought some lately … the Bonne Maman brand and thought the Orange wasn’t as strong as it should be. On the hunt now for a new brand. xo

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