Decorating with Greens

Decorating with Greens in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Greens and Pine cones in Wire basket (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

With at least ten weeks to go before any signs of life erupt from the gardens, I find myself searching for things to add a little pizzazz to my home’s exterior and entryways.  And with a little ingenuity and a pinch of creativity, you would be surprised to see what interesting tidbits are there for the taking, just outside your door.

It’s easy to put those (frost safe) summer containers to good use, simply by filling them with items blowing around in your yard.  I found dried hydrangea flower heads, strangely intact, rolling around like tumble weeds.  Oak leaves are still dropping, and make a great base.  Fronds of grasses broken away from the plant add great upright dimension.

Rooster Decorated with Greens in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Rooster Decorated with Greens (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Evergreen branches weighted down with snow are just begging to be pruned, cut a few sprigs from spruce, juniper, holly, and cypress for a bouquet of colors and textures.  Mix in some sprigs from magnolia (gi-normous pussy willow buds), curly russet branches from willows, crimson and golden dogwood twigs, and branches from the mahogany leaved, richly scented bayberry.  Put it all together and what have you got?  Something delightful, attractive and personal.

Windowbox Decorated with Greens in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Windowbox Decorated with Greens (Photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Pine cones are another decorating treasure.  After hurricane Sandy blew in, I was out in the road madly gathering sizable cones from my neighbors white pine, dodging the speeding cars that passed by.  But those cones are beauties and I’ll be able to use them in a number of ways.  With some paint they can become silver or gold (or purple or pink, you decide), or remain au naturale, drizzled with accents of sap.  Pile them in a basket, use individually for ornamentation, string them together for a garland, you get the idea.  Let your creative juices flow.

Sedum Angelina and Friend in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Sedum Angelina and Friend (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

There are so many great finds to be gathered from your own property, so fill a few containers, stick some branches in your window box, or hang a few pine cones.  And most importantly, have fun!!

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