Christmas Hayes Garden World
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

Christmas trends 2021

Contemporary or traditional; we have it all

Christmas 2021 looks like being as challenging as 2020 albeit in a different way, in 2020 gatherings were banned but at least this year we can meet and celebrate the festive season with family and friends. The challenges this year stem from the Covid situation which is seeing ports in China closing, a lack of shipping capacity leading to stock sitting for weeks at the docks in China and nearer to home a lack of drivers to distribute the goods once they do finally land on our shores. All the large retailers are weeks behind with setting up displays as the stock isn’t reaching the stores. Suppliers have now stopped estimating delivery dates as they are constantly being missed. We apologise that our normally stunning display is taking longer than normal to complete.

Trends this year look like being mainly soft natural muted colours and a lot of DIY items such as wood, natural dried florals, dried citrus slices, cinnamon sticks and fresh greenery. As more of us appreciate the countryside a lot of these natural ingredients can be gathered from a walk in the woods.

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Snowy and frosted trees look like dominating the artificial Christmas tree market again as customers seek something a little different to the traditional green. The formal cone shape is out too with trees having an irregular natural shape more in keeping with a natural fresh tree being favoured. The snowy trees are ideally suited for a natural Scandi style decorative palette; try pale blue, white, caramel and wood for a restful contemporary design. If you love the look of a tree dressed in natural decorations the snowy trees which already come adorned with fresh cones are the perfect base to which you can add dried florals and home-made decorations. Pre-lit trees with warm or cool white LED lights are still the most popular with the novelty lights still being bought in numbers for children’s bedrooms but they are not likely to feature heavily on Christmas trees. If you want to enhance your tree add some extra lights to complement your colour scheme.

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The colours which look like dominating the Christmas scene this year are soft pink, white and Christmas gold; out is the muted old gold and back in is the bright cheerful gold we all know from our childhoods. Mix the muted pink and white with a soft caramel or natural birch wood ornaments, fur animal heads and reams of spiralling ribbon. If you’re not confident about mixing colours just stick to the gold and white. Don’t buy lots of different styles of ornaments keep to just a select few and buy large quantities. Tie everything together with rolls of ribbon either spiralled around the tree or draped from top to bottom. Soft muted greys still seem to feature heavily with customers who prefer a design led stylish Christmas tree but these can easily be incorporated with the soft pink and white.

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As Christmas 2020 was such a disappointment to many so this year looks like being very family orientated with everyone being involved with tree decorating and cooking. The use of natural and home-made ornaments brings everyone together, either gathered around the kitchen table or going out into the countryside to collect vegetation. Collect pine cones, ornamental seed heads, bunches of curly twigs and pieces of colourful bark. Cones, seed heads and twigs can be sprayed gold or snowy and pushed into the tree. Bark can be cut into Christmas shapes and either hung in the tree or incorporated into a mantlepiece display. A mantlepiece can be simply adorned by just adding cones and groups of different sized church candles to some fresh greenery or a plain garland. You will need a sharp sturdy blade to cut the bark so make sure you don’t leave it to the children.  

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Have a walk around the garden or beg from a neighbour such architectural flower heads as hydrangea, sea-holly or teasels. Spray with a soft gold or bronze and push them into the tree, they are great for filling in gaps and gathered together in a bunch make a stunning tree topper. You can use fresh evergreen leaves from the garden to make a stunning mantlepiece or dining table display; the downside of this is that they only last a few days especially if the room is hot. You can always extend this by arranging the display in wet florist’s oasis. Again popping a few of the bright gold baubles in clusters of 3 adds a touch of glitz without going overboard.    

Contemporary soft grey and white are also winners this year and are easy to augement with other colours when you feel like a change. If just grey and white leave you cold add a touch of soft pink. If you want to keep to the cool palettes you can add navy blue or teal. These colours look stunning on the frosted and snowy trees.

As always red and gold are perennial favourites but this year we have added the lighted parcels to the tree which give an extra lighted element, We have also mixed in burgundy to the colour palette to add a touch of opulence. Spray flower heads in old gold and push into the tree, they are ideal for filling in gaps; if using small headed blooms bunch a few together.

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If you feel like a stylish Christmas tree with the ‘wow’ factor is beyond your reach just stick to a couple of colours and buy plain baubles in one colour and some more decorative pieces in the second colour. Ribbon is a great tree filler either made up into huge bows, wound around the tree in a spiral or draped from top to bottom. If you need any more help or just a bit of inspiration just pop into the Christmas department in store and the staff will be happy to help.