Cedar topiaries and a peace banner made from glittered cardboard letters make the mantelscape great for the holidays, but the display isn't so holiday-themed that it can't stick around all season. Mercury glass vases and candle holders are a sparkling accent to the natural elements
Once your holiday amaryllis blooms, keep your plant in a room that’s on the cool side to help the flowers last longer, and give them bright light and evenly moist soil. When the flowers fade, cut back the stalks to just above the bulb, and let the leaves continue to grow. Water and fertilize throughout the next summer and,if you moved your amaryllis outdoors, bring it back in before frost. If your amaryllis dies back completely, it’s probably gone dormant; stop watering until new growth appears.
The outdoor dining table is styled with evergreen plants and winter-friendly floral. Anytime you're dressing up your porch for the holidays and using floral, it's best to simply keep it out while entertaining, then bring it back it once you're done. Evergreens are weather-resistant and can stay out all year long.
Narcissus refers to a genus that includes daffodils, paperwhites, jonquils and other bulbs—but most of us think of the big, trumpet-shaped flowers as daffodils and the small, white ones as narcissus. (When they’re grown around the holidays, narcissus are often called paperwhites.) 'Golden Harvest,' shown here, is a vigorous, early-flowering bulb that dates back almost 100 years. Like other bulbs in this genus, narcissus should be planted in autumn.
Stylist and designer Tara Riceberg likes to decorate a foyer by adding traditional seasonal touches to everyday home accessories. Here, the hallway table houses a glittering tinsel tree, wrapped gifts and a plant sparked with a little holiday glam. Photo courtesy of Tara Riceberg
Designer Katrina Giles welcomed a truly white Christmas. Miniature planted Christmas trees were wrapped with lights and paired with a long garland wreath. Hints of red ribbon and berries on the wreath poke out from the snow and provide a pop of color.
Candles and metallic accents complete the design and add a soft romanticism to a tablescape. The mix of florals includes antique green hydrangea, peach Campanella garden rose, peonies, Chocolate Sunflower privet berry, magnolia, pieris, dusty miller, Agonis mixed with dried pods and pheasant feathers. To accent the florals, Forage and Flower used lush green mood moss mounds, a xerographica air plant and candlelight with the mossy green tapers and low gold votives.
Whether grown in its natural shape or prunted into a Christmas tree-like pyramid, aromatic rosemary makes a delightful holiday plant. While it's indoors, give your rosemary a sunny window and regular waterings. You can transplant rosemary into the garden, but before you do, give it a week or so in a sheltered spot to help it transition from your home to natural sunlight, wind and temperatures. Rosemary grown in the garden takes full sun.
Ornamental peppers are popular holiday plants with colorful, decorative fruits. Give your plant a cool spot that gets lots of bright light, and water as needed to keep the soil from drying out. Some ornamental peppers have been treated with chemicals, and others just aren't good for eating, so enjoy the fruits only as ornamentals. Don't consume them or let children or pets come in contact with them. Annual ornamental peppers can stay in their pots or be transplanted into the garden after all danger of frost has passed. They'll grow until the first hard frost. This variety is 'NuMex Easter.'
If you want to add live greenery to your front porch entry but worry about proper care and upkeep, stick with arborvitae in ceramic pots. As long as the front porch receives direct sunlight for a good portion of the day, the trees will thrive for a month or so leading up to the end of the holiday season. After that, it's best to plant them outside in full sunlight.
Thanks to a versatile fireplace surround and a color scheme of neutral grays and silver tones, the mantel of the 2014 HGTV.com Holiday House can easily shift from masculine to kid-friendly to feminine with a simple re-styling of objects.
Vintage buckets can be found in all shapes, sizes, materials and colors. This metal dry-goods bucket makes a great holder for a live rosemary plant to give to the chef or gardener in your life. Buckets can also be filled with miniature Christmas trees or winter flowers like paperwhites. Include tips on caring for the plant on the back of the gift tag.
Interior designers arrange objects with a range of heights and widths to keep the overall look balanced. To add height to potted evergreens or planted winter floral, try placing vessels on top of vintage stands, chairs or stools.