Choose a country to see content specific to your location

Skip to main content

Everlasting Christmas Centrepieces

Going.Local
Published on December 23rd 2021
2

by Unknown. https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

A piece of cake covered in snow
Sharing the Christmas spirit around a table is what everyone hopes for this time of year. You want it to look festive and beautiful, but the flowers always wilt before you can get to them. Juggling all the items on our to-do list is tough enough without adding decor maintenance to the list.
In this instalment, we will show you how to decorate a table centrepiece or decor item with plants that will be everlasting (no care needed!).

Festive Fynbos

There is never a need to lament a dead or dying annual as they often leave us with breathtaking flower/seed heads that will last years. Last year we explored this in the Summer wreaths article. This year we will incorporate it into a table centrepiece.
What you will need:
  • Dry grasses, seedpods, Restio, Protea or pine cones
  • A container
  • Chicken wire or floral foam
grasses
Any summer grasses will do as long as you vary the seedhead structure.
Plants used in the arrangement:

Large Thatching Reed

Thamnochortus spicigerus

Gonna Bush

Passerina corymbosa

Hare's Tails Grass

Lagurus ovatus

Cone Bushes

Leucadendron spp.

A close up of a Briza maxima plant

Greater Quaking Grass

Briza maxima

Stepwise Guide:
Step 1: When picking grasses, always use secateurs and make sure to let Restio dry out. You can use them as is, but they will turn ivory over time.
A close up of a piece of wood
Step 2: Bend the chicken wire into the shape of the container and place inside. *If you are using foam, cut it to size.
A wooden box
Step 3: Start with the largest pieces and place them first. It might be easiest to start from the centre and work your way outward.
table centrepiece
Step 4: Work from one side at a time and fill in as you work your way around the piece.
table centrepiece
The care is simple. There is no care. These pieces can last for years or be asses to the compost at the end of the festive season.
succulent xmas arrangement

Succulent Centrepieces

Succulents have been used in bouquets, wedding hairpins, wreaths and tabletop decor for decades and with good reason. Their succulent nature allows them to survive out of the soil for weeks at a time, making them the ideal candidate. There are enough species to make hundreds of versions, from couture pieces to fun arrangements.
Here is a guide to making your own.
What you will need:
  • A wooden box (retailers: Garden centres & Superfloral)
  • Chicken wire or floral foam (retailers: Superfloral)
  • A pair of secateurs
  • A pair of wire cutters
  • Succulent cuttings
*Retailers like House of Succulents, Selecta Succulents and The Succulent Shop provide a wide range of succulents for such purposes.
succulents
Plants used in the arrangement:
Stepwise Guide:
Step 1: Bend the chicken wire into the shape of the container and place inside. *If you are using foam, cut it to size.
flower arrangement
Step 2: Clean the cuttings by removing dead or damaged foliage as well as bottom leaves.
Step 3: Start with the largest pieces and place them first. It might be easiest to start from the centre and work your way outward.
A bouquet of flowers in a vase on a table
Step 4: Take note to place key striking pieces or pops of colour to draw the eye and use smaller delicate leaved succulents as background filler.
A bouquet of flowers in a vase on a table
Another option where you use purple (Tradescantia zebrina) to tie them together.
Succulent cuttings can last 2-3 weeks without water. If you opt to use soil or floral foam, the occasional watering (once a week) will have your cuttings rooting in place.

Share your festive decor with us by using the tag #xmasplants

Related articles

A close up of a flower

Urban gardening

6

Summer Wreaths

Wreaths are one of those decretive decor pieces that give us an excuse to bring in more of the natural splendour. It welcomes...
Going.Local
A piece of paper

In the garden

18

Botanically-inspired gift wrapping

A beautifully wrapped gift creates instant holiday cheer, and there is no better place to look for inspiration than in your...
CandideZA
A close up of a flower
2

An abundance of gifts and a festive escape in your garden

It’s December and gift-giving and celebrations are the highlight of the month. This often requires spending time searching for...
lifeisagarden