When choosing dwarf Alberta spruce for pots, consider miniature varieties, like Tiny Tower (Picea glauca conica ‘MonRon’). This little cutie reaches a maximum height of 4 to 6 feet tall and up to 2 feet wide. The slow growth rate means you can keep it tucked into containers for a few years. Tiny Tower has bright green leaves that shift to gray as they mature. It’s hardy in Zones 3 to 8. At Christmas, you’ll often see mini Christmas trees in pots. These are usually dwarf Alberta spruce and can be planted into the landscape after the holiday.
Once your holiday amaryllis blooms, keep your plant in a room that’s on the cool side to help the flowers last longer, and give them bright light and evenly moist soil. When the flowers fade, cut back the stalks to just above the bulb, and let the leaves continue to grow. Water and fertilize throughout the next summer and,if you moved your amaryllis outdoors, bring it back in before frost. If your amaryllis dies back completely, it’s probably gone dormant; stop watering until new growth appears.
Everyone loves little surprises during the holiday season. Here's an easy advent calendar switch up - instead of taking something out, put something in! Little bits of unexpected greenery tucked into each drawer help to create a more beautiful mantle as the holiday approaches.
Highlight windows and balance negative space with bare garland and round wreaths. Keeping greenery bare adds just the right amount of texture and color. Don't worry — you'll pull in those classic holiday hues on the porch.
Take your hot chocolate to the next level by supplying guests with gourmet ingredients aimed at spicing up this yuletide favorite. Colored, handmade marshmallows are a brunch favorite, as are holiday-colored sprinkles.