Vintage buckets can be found in all shapes, sizes, materials and colors. This metal dry-goods bucket makes a great holder for a live rosemary plant to give to the chef or gardener in your life. Buckets can also be filled with miniature Christmas trees or winter flowers like paperwhites. Include tips on caring for the plant on the back of the gift tag.
No matter what makes someone cherish a plant, for it to remain a garden favorite it must tolerate a wide range of soils and climates. The bright red berries of heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica), the large winter flowers of Camellia japonica ‘Pink Perfection’, and the fragrant stems of paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta) are from plants grown at my family home place for over 75 years with no care at all. And they have been shared from cuttings and divided clumps and bulbs throughout our whole family.
Sweet-scented, dark pink blooms stand out against this winter daphne’s variegated leaves. The flowers open from late winter to early spring on shrubs that reach 3 to 4 feet tall. This variety, ‘Maejima’, has good deer resistance.
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.
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.
Named for the sausage-shaped fruits that appear in summer, 'Cathedral Gem' sausage vine is semi-evergreen. Its stems can grow to 25 feet long; in winter, they’re ornamented with white buds that become dangling flowers in shades of cream to dusky mauve. Grow it on a trellis or arbor near a patio, deck or door, so you can enjoy its perfume.
If you’re a bird watcher, grow ‘Cameo’ Japanese flowering quince; birds often visit this shrub’s quince-like fruits. The apricot-pink flowers open before the leaves and last a long time. These deciduous shrubs are hardy in zones 5 to 9.
Deer resistant Grevillea x 'Noell' is a low-growing, evergreen shrub that's useful to grow on a bank, or as a hedge or border. Rose and white blooms stud its graceful branches, adding splashes of color for a long time in winter. The plants tolerate poor soil and drought after they're established.
Red roses are classic and romantic and available through supermarkets and floral shops year-round. For a romantic farmhouse vibe, pair red roses with wax flower, then fill in the spaces between the two with a mix of cedar and pine cuttings.
Birch branches are great for adding height to an area and also creating a more architectural look. For a masculine approach to holiday decorating, combine birch branches with cedar and pine cuttings in a rustic vessel or ice bucket. Here, a vintage camping container adds a touch of woodsy plaid to the organic arrangement.
Potted evergreens are excellent for year-round use and can be especially effective during winter months for adding a touch of classic holiday charm. Keep the overall look simple by planting the evergreens in pots covered in interesting, organic textural materials such as burlap, linen or birch bark. For a more finished look, cover the top of the potting soil with moss.
Brighten up your space with bold pops of red and green using a mixture of cut ranunculus stems and branches of juniper and cedar. The slight variation in green coloring will add depth to the finished look and rough texture against the pretty, soft shape of the ranunculus.
White and green parrot tulips are very versatile and can be used to to create formal, casual, country or high design looks. For a classic holiday touch, pair white and green parrot tulips with dusty miller. The small touch of dove grey will break up the green and white and also introduce a rich texture.
Dress up your tabletop surface with an arrangement that looks just like mistletoe. Combine branches of hypericum berries with sprigs and branches of pine. The arrangement will last anywhere from 10 days to 2 weeks if the water is changed regularly and the stems are cut at an angle every other day.
Add a mix of short and tall to low-sitting vessels with snap dragons, dusty miller and pansies. Use the snapdragons for height; place dusty miller around the base of the snap dragons; then bridge the gap between the two with white pansies.