The tradition of decking your home with greenery for Christmas dates back centuries – and we still follow the custom today. There are some dazzling faux Christmas wreaths on the market this year, but you can’t beat a real one. Real Christmas wreaths smell gorgeous, look divine and get us in the festive mood the instant we hang them on the front door.
Our favourites this year range from traditional fir wreaths decorated with pinecones and ribbons to glorious works of art created by top floral designers.
If you’re worried that your real wreath won’t last the pace till Christmas make sure you hang it outdoors and spray it with water now and again. If you’re lucky it will last four or five weeks. If you keep it indoors, it will stay fresh for one to two weeks, depending on how warm your house is.
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Bloom & Wild Scented Garden, 50cm diameter: £60, Bloom & Wild
Designed exclusively for Bloom & Wild by celebrated Wild at Heart florist Nikki Tibbles, this adorable wreath makes you feel Christmassy the moment you set eyes on it.
Bloom & Wild is a fast-growing online flower business that sends flowers all over the UK and it’s the first time the company has created a Christmas wreath. It’s been worth the wait – this one is a real beauty.
Packed with scented pine, thistle, dried lavender and limes, it looks and smells exquisite. The wreath is quite heavy so make sure you attach it securely.
Common Farm Flowers Christmas Willow Wreath, 30cm diameter: £65, Common Farm Flowers
Somerset flower farmer Georgie Newbery and her husband Fabrizio Bocca launched Common Farm Flowers eight years ago. They send bouquets by post, arrange wedding flowers and run floristry workshops, using 250,000 flower stems a year, all grown in the UK.
Their Christmas willow wreath is made of home-grown, freshly cut willow and dressed with seasonal flowers, berries and twigs foraged from the countryside hedgerows.
Each one is made individually to order so no two wreaths are the same. They are wire-free – which means they’re completely compostable, too.
Larry Walshe Decadent Golden Outdoor Wreath, from 36cm diameter: from £105, Larry Walshe
This shimmering golden wreath from celebrity florist Larry Walshe is a real showstopper.
The base is crafted from Norwegian blue spruce, layered with gold painted foliage, black viburnum berries and black painted fern leaves and then studded with gold pinecones and baubles.
It comes in two sizes – medium and large – and the effect is breathtaking. It’s the most spectacular Christmas wreath we’ve seen this year.
Interflora Magical Christmas Gypsophila Door Wreath, 46cm diameter: £95, Interflora
We wondered if Interflora had taken inspiration from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, whose wedding started a trend for green and white floral arrangements. Fashioned from gypsophila, or “baby’s breath” as it’s often known, this exquisite wreath looks like a cloud of white blossom.
If you prefer a more minimalist look the silver organza ribbon can easily be removed. Interflora wreaths are professionally arranged by local florists and hand delivered.
We were delighted with ours.
Aldi Fresh Christmas Wreath, 40cm diameter: £9.99, Aldi
From the jaunty red and white bow to the fir cones, red berries and wooden hearts, Aldi’s wreath is a great way to get the Christmas festivities started.
The fir tree branches are lush and green and the decorations are firmly attached with wire on so there’s no risk of them falling off. This wreath isn’t available online but you can buy it at all Aldi stores.
Just looking at it gets you in the Christmas spirit – and it’s excellent value, too.
The Real Flower Company Nordic Foliage Door Wreath, 36cm diameter: £87, The Real Flower Company
Based in Hampshire, The Real Flower Company prides itself on crafting bouquets from flowers, herbs and roses grown to high environmental standards on the company’s sustainable flower farms.
Their stunning Nordic Foliage Door Wreath is an ingenious combination of dried flowers, rosemary, birch twigs and pinecones, woven on to a beautiful wreath and tied with a bronze satin ribbon.
If you’re a fan of Scandi-inspired cool, this fragrant wreath is the one for you.
Petal & Grace Foliage Hoop Wreath, 42cm diameter: £65, Petal & Grace
Petal & Grace specialises in designing lush, bespoke arrangements for private clients, weddings and special events.
From her floral design studio in London’s Kensal Rise founder Nikki Pierce has created a natural looking Christmas wreath of fresh mixed pine, eucalyptus and pinecones on a simple bamboo frame.
No ribbons, no glitter – the effect is relaxed, unfussy and ultra-chic.
Tregothnan Signature Collection Christmas Wreath, 45cm diameter: £95, Tregothnan
As well as producing its own tea and honey, Tregothnan sells flowers, all grown in the gardens of this historic country estate in Cornwall or sourced from British growers and tenants.
This year’s Signature Collection wreath is a charming blend of traditional and modern, with red berries and pinecones dotted against green foliage and soft fir sprigs.
It looks delightful and would work equally well on the front door of a city apartment or a country pile.
Pod & Pip Scents of Christmas Wreath Kit, 50cm diameter: £55, Pod & Pip
For the personalised touch, why not make your own wreath? We particularly like this one from Wiltshire-based florist Pod & Pip.
There are four kits to choose from – Silver Tones, Pink Peppercorns, Scents of Christmas and A Country Christmas – and the wreaths are straightforward to make. We tried the Scents of Christmas kit and it contained everything we needed, including a wreath ring, wire, moss and fir for the base and dried oranges, fir cones and eucalyptus foliage to decorate it. The instructions were easy to follow and we were thrilled with the result.
Pod & Pip also runs a series of Christmas wreath workshops,
Rebel Rebel White Wine at Christmas Wreath, approx 75cm long: £70, Rebel Rebel
You can always rely on east London florists Rebel Rebel to come up with something utterly original and this year is no exception. Founders Mairead Curtin and Athena Duncan came up with the name Rebel Rebel because they like to do their own thing and David Bowie is, as they say, “a bit of a hero”.
Their White Wine at Christmas wreath is flamboyant and exuberant. Instead of being a conventionally circular, this wreath is asymmetric, with traditional ivy, eucalyptus, Ming fern and a tropical fan palm. Some leaves have been lightly sprayed in pink and purple – which all adds to the fun.
We tested the medium size but there are smaller and larger sizes, too.
The Verdict: Best Real Christmas wreaths
We tested some magnificent real Christmas wreaths around this year but we reckon Bloom & Wild’s Scented Garden and The Real Flower Company Nordic Foliage Door Wreath are the prettiest of the bunch.
If you’re happy to splash out, then the Larry Walshe Decadent Golden Outdoor Wreath has the real wow factor.
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