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’
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.
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.
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.
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.