If you don't want to use torches in your yard, but seek lighting with height, consider a solar-powered pole lantern. This one, by Starlite Garden and Patio Torche Co., is made of die-cast aluminum in a weathered brown color and six glass panels. The pole lantern stands up to 60 inches tall, with no wiring.
Count on columnar evergreens like North Pole arborvitae to introduce a strong vertical element to gardens. Its narrow form also works well planted in groups as a hedge. This upright beauty was selected in Minnesota and resists winterburn. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Botanical name: Thuja occidentalis ‘Art Boe’
New York Hilton Midtown's Bridges Bar features a North Pole cocktail made with hot chocolate and three different kinds of chocolate in this chocolate lover's dream.
The North Pole
1.5 ounces peppermint schnapps
.5 ounce of Creme de Cacao Liqueur
2/3 cup of hot chocolate*
toasted mini marshmallows
Rim a mug with crushed peppermint. Add peppermint schnapps, Creme de Cacao Liqueur and hot chocolate and still together until blended. Finish the cocktail off with toasted mini marshmallows and garnish with a chocolate bar.
*Hot chocolate (3 servings):
2 cups whole milk
2 tbsp sugar
2 oz Chopped Jacques Torres Milk Chocolate
2 oz Chopped Jacques Torres Dark Chocolate
1 oz Chopped Baci Italian Milk Chocolate
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Slowly heat milk but do not allow it to boil. Add the blend of the chopped chocolates to the hot milk. Stir until chocolates are fully melted. Stir in sugar, vanilla extract, and salt.
Pole beans were another common crop raised by the early colonists at Plymouth. Some beans were eaten fresh, but most of the crop would have been dried for use during the non-growing season. This pole bean, ‘Kentucky Wonder,’ was officially released in 1877, but had been in use decades before. It’s not what Pilgrims grew per se, but it represents the type of pole beans they would have raised.
There’s an ornamental grass to fit every landscape. Prairie Winds ‘Totem Pole’ switch grass (Panicum virgatum) is the go-to grass for tight spaces. This selection of a native tall prairie grass forms a sturdy upright clump with a small footprint. Plants grow to 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Steel-blue leaves bring subtle color to plantings. Seedheads appear in late summer and linger through winter. ‘Totem Pole’ works well in containers, or count on it to add a strong vertical element to planting beds. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
A pool fountain highlighting the vibrant colors of its diverse tile surfacing makes a bold centerpiece in this pool design that is further enhanced by the lush green border hedge, flowering plants and rainbow hued decorative poles.
¨If you don't have a power source conveniently located on your front porch to keep your posts or columns decorative lit, skip the lit garland altogether and instead stick with simple garland complete with natural embellishments like pine cones and berries.