The urn plant (Aechmea fasciata) is one of the more common and popular bromeliads. Beloved for its pink and purple flower, the urn plant also offers green and silver banded leaves. Plants flower after reaching maturity, usually around the five-year mark. After blooming, the main plant dies, but you can transplant pups from around the base of the plant.
A gray urn comes to life with an arrangement of red winterberries and assorted greenery. In the wild, winterberries can be found growing in moist wooded areas, swamps or along streams and ponds. In the garden or landscape, the plants grow slowly and need little maintenance.
Add a focal point with a a planting in a single decorative container that's unique and eye-catching -- like this terra cotta urn with lizard sculpture. In this planting, the coral-colored Geranium (Pelargonium) marries well with the neighboring Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora).
A vintage chandelier from Amy Perlin hangs over the expandable walnut dining table and chairs from David Iatesta. The massive eighteenth-century lead urns from Gore Dean Antiques add a note of classic antiquity.
After the holiday plates, platters and placemats are stored away, add a new element of greenery through fresh flowers and topiaries. The lemon cypress topiaries and Star of Bethlehem in urns provide a touch of green, whether on a table or on a mantle, says Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs, a floral and event studio in Aiken, S.C.