Add some evergreen extras to your Christmas decorations
Festive floristry doesn’t begin and end with a Christmas tree. There are other decorations available that can complement your tree and create a coordinated look in your home.
The most common of these alternative decorations is the festive wreath, a traditional favourite that comes in a variety of designs to suit all tastes. This simple circle hangs on your door, or above your mantelpiece, to offer guests a warm welcome. We love the idea of using a wreath as a centrepiece on your dining table, you could even stand an LED candle in the centre for added drama. Swags are very similar to wreaths, they hang on doors or over mantelpieces and add a charming festive touch to your Christmas home decor.
Christmas garlands are versatile decorations. You can wind them around stair bannisters, decorate fireplaces, drape them over mirrors and large items of furniture such as dressers and display cabinets, or place them artfully on window sills. If your garland is suitable for outdoor use, wrap it around porches or archways to add extra impact to your outdoor look. Garlands can also be used to bring festive cheer to small rooms that can’t accommodate a tree – making them a great alternative when space is scarce.
Before you buy
Before buying, it can be helpful to understand where you want to hang your wreath or swag or how you want to arrange your garland.
While outdoors display is one of the most common uses for wreaths, this exposure to the elements can take its toll. If you’re thinking of hanging your decorations in the open air with no protection from the weather, we recommend opting for real/ horticultural ones. They can better withstand unpredictable winter weather conditions and dropping needles are less of an issue outside. If hung under the protection of a porch or canopy, some artificial wreaths, garlands and swags can also be displayed outdoors.
If you choose to decorate your wreath or garland with LED string lights, make sure they are suitable for outdoor use. We like battery-powered ones as they don’t have trailing cables that pose potential trip hazards.
If using mains-powered lights, plug into an outdoor power socket (read our guide to adding an external power supply and use an RCD to protect against potential accident. Check that the cable can comfortably reach from the socket, and if not, invest in an outdoors-friendly extension lead.
Ensure all decorations are safely and securely attached. All of our wreaths and garlands are fitted with hooks for easy hanging. We recommend adhesive hooks – they don’t leave any marks once removed and are quick and easy to apply.
Both wreaths and garlands make fantastic table decorations. Light up wreaths with flameless LED candles for safety; and ensure they’re never near a naked flame. Take special care if hanging near a working fireplace.
From real to artificial; pre-decorated to plain; small to large – we offer a super selection of wreaths and garlands to help create your signature seasonal style.
Real or artificial?
Our range of artificial wreaths, garlands and swags has something for everyone. From designs that coordinate with our trees like the Fairview range to chic, contemporary options like our Felt Mistletoe collection (pictured) there are lots to choose from. They can be used year after year and require no messy clean up. Opt for wreaths and garlands in matching styles to create a coordinated look.
Like our real Christmas trees, we’re very proud of our range of natural or horticultural wreaths, garlands and swags so if you prefer the real thing, check out our beautiful real floristry in store.
Whether you’re looking for something small and subtle or large and loud, we have a wide range of wreath sizes available. You might want a small one to prop up on a shelf like our Rattan Heart Wreath with Ribbon (pictured), or maybe you're looking for a much bigger one like our impressive Olive Effect Wreath for your front door.
Our standard garlands come in 6 foot (ft), which is over 1.8 metres (m) and are perfect for draping on fireplaces and staircases. New to the range this year is our 18ft Pre-lit Garland which is very similar in width to tinsel but has a natural look like a garland.
Don’t fancy adding your own decorations? We’ve got it covered with our range of pre-decorated wreaths and garlands. Go for a frosty feel with our flocked (snow-effect) look or maybe something more traditional like tartan ribbons, woodland pine cones and more.
If you’re looking to coordinate your look, we offer wreathes and garlands with single colour decorations, such as gold and silver. So from the baubles to the berries – the overall effect is very sleek and streamlined. These also feature glittered tips to add extra metallic sparkle.
Don’t struggle with swathes of string lights – pick up a wreath or garland that comes pre-lit. They’re battery-operated so there’s no need to hunt for the nearest plug socket or worry about trailing cables. And fitted with LED lamps, they offer different light settings to create your ideal look.
Undecorated, natural looking wreaths and garlands are perfect for personalising. So get creative and add your own decorations for a look that’s completely unique.
Looking for inspiration? Read our guide to decorating a Christmas wreath.