Fresh greens make Christmas delightPublished 8:40pm Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Brrrrrr, I know you don’t have to be told it’s cold but, hey, it’s Christams weather
to me! Decorating your home this time of year with fresh greens is a great way to save money and get the smell of the holidays into your home. Here are some of the popular greens and perhaps some new or old ones to add to your landscape this planting season.
Good old pyracanthia is loaded with red berries now. Yes, it’s an old shrub but not thought of until Christmas time when you need some berries. Magnolia is great too, but have you tried Little Gem magnolia? It’s leaves are small so it’s good for mantles where space is short. Of course the good old Southern magnolia is still the queen of greenery. Tried smilax? That evergreen vine is easy to spot in tree tops this time of year, but getting to it is like Santa climbing up a chimney.
A long ploe usually works good. This glossy vine is great for draping over pictures or running down the middle of a table. There is a gold holly called “O Spring” holly that’s hard to find but makes a striking statement in most any arrangement. It’s worth the search. I also like good old cast iron plant. When shined up, it looks almost artificial. OK I guess you thought I was going to leave out my favorite greenery…. nandinia. It is with out a doubt one of the best green for cutting. red berries, soft foliage,grows anywhere. Every home should have one somewhere. Just remember to prune it in February and it will be thick all year.
Also good for cutting is varigated Pittosporum, gold acuba, Mary Nell holly, boxwood, Virginia pine and Japanses yew, to name a few. Despite the cold, this is a good time to plant these, so they’ll take in all this wonderful rain and get a jump on spring growing.
Go ahead… put one or two on your Christmas list,I think Santa can squeeze them down the chimney just for you. Merry Christmas! Rosalie