Garnet and gold tones are a Christmas classic, but garnet and silver is a bit more unique. Add a formal touch to any room in the house by combining shades of burgundy or garnet with silver or pewter. The cool metallic tones are an excellent complement to the warmth of rich reds.
“The holidays are such an expensive time of the year in general, I wanted to come up with a beautiful, affordable tablescape,” says Fotini Roman of Farmhouse Chic Blog. By incorporating her collection of mercury-glass votive holders with a fragrant cedar garland and mini silver ornaments, Roman created a warm, inviting and elegant holiday table.
Dichondra 'Silver Falls' accents bright 'Blue A Fuse' petunias and 'Breathless White' Euphorbia in a hanging basket. Dichondra is a great "spiller', or trailing plant, for window boxes and other containers, too. A herbaceous perennial in zones 10 to 12, it can overwinter as a houseplant if you're careful not to overwater.
Silver-plate pieces can generally be found for around $20, especially at yard sales. Pick up an ice bucket or champagne chiller, fill with a bottle of bubbly and tie on a bow to create the perfect hostess gift that can be enjoyed at holiday parties for years to come.
Few gardeners grow artemisia for its flowers, which are small and not at all showy. But the plants have attractive grayish-green to silvery foliage that's great for dried arrangements. Prune them in late summer to keep them looking neat, and strip the leaves away from the cut ends. Hang them upside down to dry in a well-ventilated, dark place to dry. If you prefer, prune after the flowers appear. Artemisias make a good filler for arrangements, wreaths and swags. In the garden, the plants are stunning beside blue flowers.