Christmas 2014: 11 best real wreaths

Start your Christmas decorations as you mean to go on with a fresh, beautifully-scented wreath

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With a seemingly endless array of great artificial Christmas wreaths now available, it’s easy to question whether it’s worth the bother of buying a fresh one that will only last you one Christmas. But actually, there’s nothing like a natural handmade wreath, especially when it’s beautifully made and full of yuletide scent. If it’s delivered to your door – which almost all these are – even better.

1. The Flower Studio Snowball Christmas Wreath: £55.99, notonthehighstreet.com

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This gorgeous fresh winter gypsophilia festive door wreath is so festive that it will bring a smile to your face every time you go home. Stunning but simple, it is made with a fresh oasis base that can be watered so it will see you through the whole of the festive season.

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2. Interflora Nordic Wreath: £29.99, interflora.co.uk

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No fake foliage here. Just a stylish door ring that features spruce, moss and snowed pine cones, all arranged on a 12” wire, finished with reindeer and black and white checked ribbon. Double it up as a table centrepiece on Christmas day.

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3. Bramble & Wild Christmas Wreath: from £45, brambleandwild.com   

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Available in two different sizes, this berry and foliage wreath makes the perfect Christmas decoration for any home. From the award-winning Somerset florist Bramble & Wild, it provides natural, woodland style decoration, with fine detail including pine cones, whole dried oranges and chillis.

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4. Great British Florist Janwydd’s Christmas Door Wreath: £45, greatbritishflorist.co.uk

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Expect a cheerful mixture of seasonal winter foliages including conifers, pines, larch, twigs and branches, rosemary, bay, eucalyptus, pine cones, dried flower heads and berries. All handcrafted on a 12 inch frame, it’s a stunner.

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5. Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart Mixed Eucalyptus: from £100, wildatheart.com

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This eye-catching wreath from this luxury London florist is made of Baby Blue, Silver Dollar and Flowering Eucalyptus. It is spectacularly full and beautifully scented. If this one doesn’t appeal, there are seven others, all gorgeous, ranging from Mixed Hydrangea to Winter Hedgerow.

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6. Aldi Premium Christmas Wreath: £9.99, aldi.co.uk

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This is the only wreath in our list that can’t be delivered nationally, but for under a tenner, it is incredible value, making it well worth the visit to your local Aldi store. With fragrant noble fir and tasteful decorations, it will give your guests a warm welcome as they enter your home.

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7. Willow & Bloom Snowberry Wreath: from £35, willowandbloom.co.uk

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This innovative Buckinghamshire-based florist has four fresh Christmas wreaths on offer this year, ranging from £30 to £45. They are all handmade by the owner Samantha How and can be delivered nationally. Our favourite is this traditional wreath made of parvifolia, snowberry, viburnum and salal.

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8. Marks & Spencer Winter Spice Wreath: £60, marksandspencer.com

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This classic wreath is made of Hypericum berries, cinnamon bundles and orange slices, with scented cinnamon eucalyptus Parvi, which evokes the flavours of mulled wine. Everything about it is decadent and you can add a gift message to your order, should you want to want to send it as a present.

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9. Philippa Craddock Mulled Wreath: from £165, philippacraddock.com

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Christmas wreaths don’t get more magnificent than those made by award-winning florist Philippa Craddock. This one (one of seven she has available this year) comes in three sizes and is made with spruce, generous bundles of cinnamon sticks with ribbon, dried whole and sliced oranges, natural fir cones and willow branches. 

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10. Wild About Flowers Winter Warmth Christmas Wreath: from £55, wildabout.co.uk

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If you order one of Wild About Flowers’ four yuletide wreaths before 2pm, they will do next day delivery nationwide. Our favourite is this one, which is bursting with hundreds of bright red ilex berries, whole decorated limes, natural pine cones and sprigs of wispy Scottish spruce.

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11. Blue Sky Flowers Lou Lou Wreath: £40, blueskyflowers.co.uk

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If you find a lot of wreaths gaudy or over-done, then you’ll love this simple, elegant and beautifully-fragranced offering from the Covent Garden florist. It features eucalyptus, pine and grevillea foliage, green skimmia, natural pine cones and white eryingium thistles, which aren’t spiky.

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Verdict:
There’s no doubt about it - Philippa Craddock is a genius in the world of floristry and her Mulled Wreath is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. In second place, comes Willow & Bloom’s traditional wreath, which is a stunner.

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