Berry bouquet

At my floral design workshops at HANDMADE over Queen’s Birthday Weekend a participant brought along some gorgeous red berries. Berries are the perfect pick-me-up for winter colour, and can be used on their own or with a mix of flowers and foliage.

This winter bouquet, which features over at Style Me Pretty, contains just berries and foliage and it looks absolutely striking. I love the burlap and fur wrap too.

Look in your own garden for berries to use, such as those from the strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo), heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica), pyracantha, and Chinese beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma).

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Wedding bouquet

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Get a head start on spring by ordering your rose bushes for winter planting. Look online for specialist rose nurseries. There are a far great number of rose varieties and species available by mailorder than there are at your local garden centre. Bare-root roses will be sent out in winter, when they’re dormant.

In the meantime, be inspired by these delicious photos from Style Me Pretty. I adore the light pinky-brown rose. The berries look to be from the snowberry (Symphoricarpos), and the white flower in the bottom photo is love-in-a-mist (Nigella).