The common pear (Pyrus communis) flowers at the height of spring, opening bright white blooms that pollinators can’t resist. A tree in full bloom literally buzzes with busy insects. Pear trees are tall, growing 25 to 30 feet and up to 20 feet wide. Pears do best in full sun and tolerate heavy clay, one of the few fruit trees that do. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
The exterior of the Severn's home has been completely transformed by the addition of two sets of french doors, an open patio with outdoor seating, German Schmear on the brick, and fresh landscaping, as seen on Fixer Upper.
Crispy Asian pears taste like a cross between an apple and a pear. While cultivars are partially self-pollinating, you'll get more fruits if you plant two or more together. Use the pears for eating fresh or canning. The variety shown here, Pyrus 'Tawara Oriental', is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 7.
These endive cups filled with sweet and savory pear and gorgonzola crumbles are a light way to kick off your evening of joyful celebration. [Get the recipe here>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/pear-and-gorgonzola-salad-cups?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
The pathway to the home should be as intriguing in the day as in the evening. Not only will it illuminate the way, but it shows visitors you value creating a strong presence. Callery Pear beautifully bloom in the day and are transformed at night with an ambient glow from up lighting.
An entryway should make a statement, and this transitional foyer packs a glam punch. The understated palette gets its lift from a variety of luxurious textures and finishes, including mother-of-pearl tile, iridescent wallpaper and beaded sconces.
Designer Marian Parsons creates a stunning holiday wreath from Christmas fruits and natural embellishments. "Adding fresh fruit and collected pinecones to an artificial wreath lends a more natural look," she says. "When hung outside, cold weather will keep fruit fresh for a couple of weeks."