winter foliage and flowers

A guide to your winter florals

We are waking up to foggy mornings, a touch of frost, and that bleak outlook. Winter is upon us in country NSW.

There is nothing quite like filling your home with fresh flowers to bring some colour and cheer and to style a room.

Some of us have a soft spot for roses, or peonies, and others just love a bunch of hydrangeas and tulips, but unfortunately not all of our favourite flowers are available all year round. In the floral industry we rely on some imported varieties, but to purchase locally grown, is wonderful to see what you can get at certain times of the year in that season and be more cost effective whilst supporting local growers.

Here are some Popular varieties you might find now:

Blushing Bride ~  Banksia ~ Thryptomene ~ Garaldton wax flower ~ Anemones ~ Poppies ~ Violets ~ beginning to see Ranunculus ~ Queen Annes Lace ~ Jasmine ~ Sweet peas



Not only are we seeing these winter beauties, but the winter foliages and textures you can create with are just as fun.

Big mossy branches, bluegum, olive leaf branches, magnolia little gem with those leaves that have an undertone of copper are all an option and look great on mass.  The great thing with foliage is, that you do not need to be a trained florist to arrange them, its not like creating a hand tied bouquet, as long as you’ve chosen the right vessel/vase/pot, it can look just as stylish and a great statement. To bring the natural seasonal fragrance into the home is wonderful. I have a big bunch of spinning eucalyptus gum that hangs off my shower head, and when the hot steam circulates, so does the eucalyptus smell. Earthy, natural and organic looking arrangements of foliage or winter branches can be an explosion of curiosity. Use an jug and fill it with some olive leaf branches and place it in the entry way.  Or do you have some lemon or oranges….why not cut a branch (watch the thorns on the lemon tree) The smell will be amazing and fresh.

In the book  A Tree in the house by Annabelle Hickson there is so much inspiration to be found and foraged.

“A Tree in the House is a stunning ode – in words and pictures – to flower arranging. Part guide for the aspiring home florist, part celebration of a rural life in sync with nature, it celebrates the joy that flowers bring to our every day lives.”

winter flowers and foliages

I am based in rural NSW where we have an abundance of road side wild olive tress, bluegums and grasses…

Be sure to always have a pair of snips in the car.

If you are craving some winter floral love for your house or office, be sure to get in touch


Stay warm, start looking out at the season we have upon us and see the inspiration winter offers, and have a go bringing something indoors.


my floral styling

Picture by Sandra Henri Photography

Amanda Bahr