Fresh Beauty

Local florist gives tips on decorating homes with fresh and permanent flowers.
A holiday centerpiece from Dundee Nursery and Landscaping.

During the holiday season, your home likely smells of fresh-baked cookies and pine needles—why not add one more lovely smell to the mix? Consider decorating your home and tree with fresh-cut flowers. We spoke with a local florist for some tips on beautifying your home with fresh or even permanent flowers.

“Fresh flowers are beautiful, but they are short-term,” says Melissa Wachutka, floral manager at Dundee Nursery and Landscaping. She says using Oasis––wet floral foam––preserves flowers longer, but typically they’re at their best for only five days or so. “If you want to decorate your tree for an event or party, fresh flowers are good,” says Wachutka. “But if you want them from Thanksgiving to Christmas, then permanent flowers are better.”

In addition to Christmas tree flowers, Dundee offers holiday centerpieces, which are often a mix of fresh and permanent flowers. “Customers usually buy a Thanksgiving-themed centerpiece, then come back and have us switch out the fresh flowers to make it a Christmas-themed one,” says Wachutka. She adds that this practice saves customers a lot of money, as they don’t have to buy multiple centerpieces.

Finally, Wachutka notes that popular items for the home are red berries, red poinsettias, rich burgundy berries, rose-gold colors, vintage styles and tone-on-tone whites. Whether you’re looking to spice up your home with fresh or permanent flowers—or a combination of the two—it is sure to look wonderful.