design, inspiration and practical ideas from the plant
Dear Savvy Gardener,
for some special gifts for the favorite people in your life?
Gifts that are useful, beautiful and that keep giving beyond the
season? Look no further than your local garden center! There
you’ll find plenty of pretty plants and nature-inspired gifts, plus a
wealth of distinctive holiday decorating ideas.. Wouldn’t you love to
give (or receive) a beautiful Citrus
tree? In colder climates, grow dwarf
varieties indoors. Know someone who loves Roses, but
not all the work? Opt for the easy care Flower
Carpet® or Knockout®
Roses. They’re both disease and pest resistant, and self
deadhead. Too cold to garden right now? Most garden centers have
gift certificates, so your loved one can go plant shopping after the
thaw. Or wrap up a few essentials like a gardening book or magazine
subscription, trowel or gloves.
Picture this table setting without the plant. It would still be
pretty, but the lush conifer in a sparkly pot adds so much to your
holiday décor. Plus, the fragrance is marvelous.
Blue Princess Holly
bird lover on your list, choose a few plants that have berries, seeds
or nectar to feed their feathered friends, and present them in a bird
bath (one with a heater for cold regions). Holly
is holiday festive and provides plenty of fruit for birds. Red
Beauty® and Blue
Princess will attract them with a profusion of red berries. Crabapples
provide lots of fruit for birds and a profusion of spring blooms for
the butterflies. Look for the Prairifire
perennial! Small pots planted with herbs make great gifts for
people who like to cook. Whether or not they have a green thumb,
they can surely keep some Rosemary,
on their windowsill, ready for recipes that call for fresh herbs.
Take as a hostess gift to your next party or as a thank you gift for a
teacher. Small shrubs like this Grune
Kugel Red Cedar or Little Gem
Norway Spruce are perfect for the holidays.
Swane’s Gold Italian Cypress
like landscaping, but for your porch! With a few topiary trees,
it’s easy to make an inviting front entry. Two large
Columnar Junipers on either side of the door make a stunning
statement. Decorate them with twinkle lights, bows or colorful
balls. For a pop of color, try Swane’s
Golden Italian Cypress. They have bright golden-yellow new
Wave Sweet Bay, shaped into a patio tree can be decorated with
ribbons and ornaments. It's bright green rippled leaves can be used for
Variegated English Boxwood
Topiaries make memorable hostess gifts – or you may want to keep them
for your own mantel, buffet or dining table. Nestle the mossy
terra cotta pots in some evergreen boughs or pinecones. For a
more formal look, put them into glittery silver or gold pots. Dwarf
English Boxwood and Little
Ollie® Dwarf Olive are perfect holiday choices. Goshiki
False Holly in Japanese, Goshiki translates as "five colors."
Its new leaves emerge red and quickly turn green daubed with spots of
creamy white, gray-green, and yellow-green.
Place a mini Christmas tree on a mantel or side table. It will add
fragrance to your home until you’re ready to plant in spring.
Another stunner for porchscaping -- Sizzling Pink Fringe Flower
Ludwig Spaeth Lilac
to look for now:
Plant now or keep in their pots until warmer weather. Gift
recipients will love you when spring brings abundant fragrant blooms.
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