Dwarf Mugo pine (Pinus mugo var. pumilio) is a popular choice for landscapes, fitting easily into rock gardens, foundation plantings and mixed borders. Plants grow slowly, reaching 3 to 5 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide in a decade. Hardy in Zones 2-8.
Bring a little nature indoors this winter with a handmade felt pine cone throw pillow. Use a round, stuffed object for your base. If you can’t find a round pillow look for a stuffed toy ball. Cut ovals out of brown felt and stitch or use fabric glue to attach them in overlapping layers. Use larger ovals at the base, and smaller ovals as you get to the top of the pinecone.
Accent plants need to command attention, and weeping white pine definitely fits the bill. Plants have long, luxurious needles that beg to be touched. Stake young plants to encourage some upright growth, or let them cascade gracefully to the ground. Hardy in Zones 3-8. Botanical name: Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’
As winter approaches and your potted plants start to migrate indoors, consider adorning them with these adorable pine cone snails. To create the body you will need to cut the snail shape out of the fabric of your choice. Think of the shape as an "s"with a short top curve and an extra long bottom curve to create your snail's head and tail. Cut two pieces, sew them together and stuff them. Stitch a pine cone to your snail's back to create the shell and thread a bit of string through the head to create antennae.
Evergreen Norfolk Island Pines aren't just fun houseplants; they also make great Christmas trees. Their after-holiday care is no different from their daily care. Give these tropicals high humidity and protect them from drafts. They prefer bright light, such as from a south-facing window, and should be watered when the top of the soil starts to feel dry. Don't keep them too wet or let them dry out completely. Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer in spring and summer, following label directions.
For this city nursery designed by Interior Design Fair, a large armoire with sliding pine doors and open shelves on each side provides flexible toy storage. Wire baskets hold smaller stuffed animals, fabric bins provide a home for larger toys, and woven baskets currently storing cloth diapers and receiving blankets can transition to hold collections of small toys as the child grows.
Turn holiday decorating on its head by filling glass cylinders in a variety of sizes with small pine cones. Turn the vases over carefully and wrap the vase bases with ribbon. Arrange the vases tallest to smallest in a cone shape to create a tree. Add fresh greenery and embellishments to the tops of the cylinders.
A top priority in the landscape design of this luxury backyard was to preserve its giant pine tree. The tree became a focal point and anchor, its beauty easily enjoyed from a series of benches wrapping around it.
Turn holiday decorating on its head. Fill simple glass cylinders in a variety of sizes with small pine cones. Turn the vases over carefully and wrap the vase bases with ribbon. Arrange the vases tallest to smallest in a cone shape to create a tree. Add fresh greenery and embellishments to the tops of the cylinders.
Bring your magical garden friends inside this winter with a little pine cone gnome, fairy and friendly elf. Hot glue a hazelnut to the top of a pine cone to create the head and body. Then cut out hats, mittened hands, scarves, beards and wings out of colored felt. Glue them to your pine cone friends and let them frolic in your indoor plants while winter is in town.