6 Holiday Flowers to Brighten Your Home This Season

Holidays are celebrations, and part of the fun of celebrating is doing something you don’t normally do. From the host and homeowner point of view, the holidays are a perfect excuse to go above and beyond the call of duty. Beyond the candles, lights, and (often overly) filling food that most people associate with celebrations, something beautiful is waiting to be utilized: the flower.

Here are eight holiday flowers to brighten your home with; we know you won’t regret incorporating them into your celebratory setup.

1. Poinsettia

The poinsettia is the quintessential Christmas flower. They come in a variety of reds, whites, and in-betweens, and you’ll instantly make your home feel more festive by placing a few of them around.

2. Winter Rose

This hellebore doesn't mind the rain or the snow. Bring it on! #winterrose #ranunculaceae #letitsnow

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Winter roses aren’t, in fact, roses. Instead of the snow-covered red rose that you may be picturing, the winter rose (or hellebore) is often white, green, or deep maroon in color and not quite rose-like at all.

Its ability to survive in rain and sleet and snow (sort of like a mailman) makes it a great winter flower.

3. Paperwhites

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Can you guess where the paperwhite got its name?

White, paper-like flowers characterize this fragrant plant, and it’s often forced (hopefully with kind words) to flower during the holidays.

4. Mary Barnard

You can call this one Iris unguicularis if you want to, but we’re going to stick with Mary Barnard. An Algerian iris, the Mary Barnard’s blue-ish flowers unfurl beginning in November.

Believe it or not, they’re named after poet/translator Mary Barnard. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

5. Kew Green

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Think the kew green is a little too, well, green? Think again: The picture below shows a fertilized female plant dotted with plenty of bright red berries.

While the berries are lovely, you’ll probably look to kew green as a means of green during the winter.

6. Winter Jasmine

Winter jasmine, although beautiful, smells nothing like the jasmine that you’re probably thinking of. You’ll be able to forget that quickly, though, as you realize its true beauty.

The yellow it produces can function as a great splash of color amongst classic winter blues and whites.

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