I would like to add more color to my home for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Could you give suggestions for decorating with long lasting holiday flowers and greens?
It is a good idea to get started on holiday decorating before the rush of other holiday activities. This includes outside as well as inside. It will be much more comfortable to install Christmas decorations before it gets too cold. And if you want some professional help, now is the time to book ahead. Many landscape contractors are now installing Christmas decorations and lighting professionally.
The chrysanthemum is the favorite for Thanksgiving with its range of fall colors. There are many other potted flowers including orchids, azaleas, kalanchoes and cyclamen. Poinsettias will be available before Thanksgiving. They now come in a wide range of colors including bicolors. If properly cared for, most of these flowering pot plants will last until New Years.
Evergreens not only brighten our homes but add wonderful, natural smells. Almost every home has some evergreen shrubs and trees which could spare some branches for decoration. Does your large evergreen tree have a few branches which are dragging on the ground? Most conifer shrubs could use some shaping.
We have several shrubs such as holly, pyracantha, cotoneaster and heavenly bamboo, which produce red berries. Clusters or ropes of evergreens with some cones and berries make excellent decorations for wreaths, mantels, shelves and banisters