Monday, November 10, 2014

Add Living Decorations to this Year’s Holiday Theme

Put a spin on traditional seasonal design with blooming decorations. Amaryllis is one of the few flowers that bloom during the coldest winter months and adds a splash of much needed color around the home.

From stripes and solids to pinks and white, the multiple colors and styles of amaryllis bulbs coordinate with any holiday décor.

Longfield Gardens’ select amaryllis come in a variety of colors, shapes and styles this year. From the bold ‘Red Pearl,’ whose deep crimson, velvety petals are overlaid with burgundy and maroon, to ‘Apple Blossom,’ which adds a soft touch with its snow white petals brushed with candy pink and lime green, decorating an indoor space has never been easier.
“Decorating with color is a personal decision,” says Marlene Thompson, creative director for Longfield Gardens. “Consider your favorite colors and how they fit into your home’s color scheme before you pick your bulbs; or go out of your comfort zone and play with colors you normally wouldn’t choose!”

Thompson offers these suggestions for adding amaryllis to seasonal décor:

For a stunning mantle, hearth or centerpiece, set the bulb in stones with a little water in a clear vase. Accent with branches, dried cranberries and burlap ribbon.

Set a potted amaryllis in decorative containers such as vintage wooden wine crates or birch-wrapped pots. Place them at entryways or at gathering places to welcome holiday guests.
Fill the top of the pot with greenery like moss, pine or holly to conceal the soil and add extra texture to a potted amaryllis.

Don’t have a green thumb? Not to worry, amaryllis bulbs are easy to grow. Hans Langeveld, bulb specialist at Longfield Gardens, explains how:
  1. Fill a container 2/3 full of potting soil.
  2. Place the bulb in the container and cover with potting soil up to the shoulders of the bulb, making sure to leave the top of the bulb exposed.
  3. Water sparingly as they do not need much water.
  4. Place container in filtered sunlight.

Amaryllis bulbs will bloom about 4-8 weeks after planting.

Few bulbs are easier to grow, or bloom with greater color and beauty than amaryllis. Amaryllis in Greek means sparkling, and truly describes the attention a potted amaryllis will catch at holiday gatherings and parties. This year, enjoy beautiful blooms all winter long.

Visit to order the perfect blooming indoor décor for holiday gifts and beyond.

About Longfield Gardens: Longfield Gardens is one of America’s top importers of quality flower bulbs. Longfield’s mission is to bring bulb gardening into every home, offer common sense planting information and stretch your dollar by offering competitive prices that are transparent. This simple approach to selling bulbs saves their customers time and money while increasing gardening success. Longfield Gardens carries an impressive selection of spring-planted, fall-planted and winter product lines, as well as information and inspiration. For more information, visit the website at or visit the blog at  


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