If time, or creativity, isn’t on your side this December, there are few better ways to transform your Christmas decorations than by adding a beautiful, fragrant wreath to your front door.
Of course, if you don’t have your own, they can work just as well as a showstopper centrepiece on a dining table or loop the ribbon over the top of your apartment door and tie it to a tiny nail hammered on the inside.
What’s more is many London florists are still offering fast — some even next-day — delivery, so no guests need know your fabulous display only arrived hours before they did.
Here’s our pick of the best wreaths to buy this year.
All McQueens flowers arrangements are handmade at its London studio in Battersea with the best ingredients of the season.
The Apricity wreath, above, has been designed with the freshness and beauty of a crisp winter’s walk in mind, and this natural beauty will infuse your home with the scent of a stroll through a pine forest too. Delicate snow-white brunia berries pop against a rustic backdrop of blue spruce and pine cones.
Apricity wreath, from £175 at McQueens.
London same-day delivery is possible for orders made before 2pm. Nationwide orders are next day. The largest deluxe size, £250, is available for London delivery only.
Hayford and Rhodes
An indulgent wreath in a palette of red wine and deep berry-toned flowers — without a pine cone or orange slice in sight. It’s traditional without being samey, and gets the attention of passersby without looking like you’re trying to out do your neighbours. Incidentally, there is no competition — this wins.
Fresh-scented winter leaves and dried seed heads change colour as the days go by, and the smell is divine. A luxurious red velvet bow completes the look.
Rosewood door wreath, pictured above, from £175 at Hayford and Rhodes.
Order before 2pm for same-day London delivery. Or collect from the shop in Bethnal Green. Next-day nationwide delivery is possible for orders made before 2pm.
A luxurious gifting option for those not blessed with a front door knocker is the brand’s newly launched seagrass basket. Priced from £185, and available with any of the bouquet arrangements, the baskets are handmade from sustainably sourced seagrass. Leather straps allow for use as a bag or backpack.
Balham-based Ronny Colbie has a whole range of wreaths starting at £75, named after Christmas classics from Love Actually to Miracle on 34th Street.
This eye-catching citrus wreath is filled with gourds, dried fruits and hydrangea.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is available in three sizes with prices from £75, Ronny Colbie.
Same-day store collections or delivery is possible for London postcodes if orders are made before 11:30am. Nationwide deliveries are next day.
Florists at SSAW Collective are celebrating traditional native foliages this season. This simple yet beautiful wreath will be made with winter evergreens such as holly, ivy and mistletoe.
Winter wreath from £75, SSAW Collective.
Collect from Leila’s shop in Shoreditch or choose a London delivery (prices vary depending on your travel zone).
Lavender Green Flowers
If festive scent is your thing, this colourful Christmas wreath from Lavender Green Flowers combines cinnamon sticks, orange slices and dried oranges studded with cloves.
The Orange Fusion Christmas wreath comes in three different sizes with prices starting from £100 at Lavender Green Flowers.
National delivery available, or click and collect from the King’s Road store.
Maison de Fleurs
Opt for simplicity with this traditional wreath with a modern twist; fresh succulents nestled in pine with blue hydrangea and dried lime. Available in three different sizes.
The Contemporary, from £120 at Maison de Fleur. Delivery available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.