'Give a nod to the season without being too over the top," says planner Resha Zazueta, of Something To Celebrate. "Florals with a hint of holiday coloring, sprigs of mistletoe, and a hot chocolate bar bring a lovely wintry feel without turning a wedding into a Christmas party.” Flowers: White roses, deep red calla lilies, deep red chrysanthemums, white hydrangeas, blush peonies, red amaranthus, white hydrangeas, white larkspur, white wax flowers, dusty miller, white tallow berries, greenery. Floral design: Blooming Gallery.
Replace tired fall plants with a mix of pretty evergreen boughs. Aim to include different pines, spruce, cedar and holly for textural and color interest. Tuck in berried twigs and twinkle lights to give pots a holiday feel.
Dress up spent summer and fall container gardens with boughs of fresh evergreens for a colorful winter display. Greens like spruce, fir, mountain hemlock and Virginia pine retain color and needles to provide a long winter display. Treat cut greenery with an anti-transpirant to help stems retain moisture. Use bunched ornamental grass stems or bundled branches to add a strong vertical element to designs.
Fill late winter and early spring with the sweet fragrance of daphne. Pink flower buds open to reveal white blooms bursting with perfume. Tuck into dappled shade near an entry where you can savor the scent. Yellow-edged leaves add color all year long. Hardy in Zones 7-9.
Perfectly fit for small hedges when planted in multiples, Winter Gem Boxwood also works well potted in vessels and planters. During the winter months, this evergreen will take on a golden bronze coloring, then change back to bright green in the spring. Winter Gem Boxwood thrives in both partial and full sun settings.
Best used as ground cover, Wheeler’s Dwarf Japanese Mock Orange is known for producing small scented flowers with orange coloring. When grown in partial to full sun, the ground cover can reach 3 feet in height and 5 feet in width.
The famous fall color of New England owes its reputation to sugar maples (Acer saccharum). Fall Fiesta sugar maple was introduced in 1987. Its fall color features more oranges and reds than other sugar maples. This selection also boasts strong winter hardiness, with a trunk that’s resistant to sunscald and frost cracks, conditions that can occur during cold winters. Give trees a sunny spot in moist, well-drained soil that’s slightly acidic. Trees grow 50 to 75 feet tall and up to 50 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
A neutral sofa can be a great backdrop to build color in rugs, ottomans, pillows and throws. Think too, about purchasing a slipcovered sofa that can be switched out with richer, warmer slipcovers for winter, and lighter, brighter slipcovers for summer.
This display skips the evergreen shoots and poinsettias, but not the seasonal feel. Large off-white vases filled with snow-colored tulips flank the firebox, while candles of different height and intensity create light and interest on the mantel.
NYC-based designer Patrick gives this reading nook a sophisticated, seasonal update with fall-color accessories. Pumpkin-orange roses, a richly-colored tapestry pillow and cranberry-colored drapes warm up the space but can easily be swapped for icy winter tones or bright hues for spring.
Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’, with its blush-pink blooms, is a good choice for winter color if you live in a mild region of the U.S. It's an evergreen, hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10, but its flower buds can be damaged by the cold. Grow the plants in filtered sun.
Plant this shrub in masses for sweeps of winter color. The buds start out a dark, purplish-pink and open to bell-shaped flowers. ‘Impish Elf'® Lily of the Valley (Pieris japonica) can be used as a container, foundation or border plant. It's hardy in USDA zones 6 to 8.
Also known as a pansiola, Anytime® Viola 'Sugarplum' is a charmer. The trailing plants keep blooming in warm weather, after most violas stop, and add winter color to hardiness zones 5 to 10. Let them spill over the sides of containers, or mass them in the landscape for deep burgundy-purple color with hints of white, gold and lavender.