Friday, December 12, 2014
Posted By: in Christmas

Let's be honest. At this time of year your garden can look a little drab, dreary and down-right ugly. The holidays give us an opportunity to spruce things up a little. No pun intended. Here are 5 great outdoor decorating ideas for the holidays to bring a little festive cheer to your home.

Christmas Hanging Baskets

Holiday Hanging Baskets

Honest, they look amazing! Don’t empty your old planters just clip off the dead top bits. Make sure the soil is damp and then stick in greens, twigs, holly and even some glitter. At our house that is often where old ornaments go for their last hurrah. They look awesome in the winter hanging baskets! I like to hang these low, below eye level so that folks can look down into them.

Winter Planters

Winter Planters

We’ll be enjoying these longer than our summer planters! I mix in smaller evergreens like Lemon Cypress, low creepers like Wintergreen, some evergreen Hart’s Tongue Ferns and tuck a couple packages of bulbs into my planters too. I do leave gaps because I like to fill mine with evergreen boughs and bows and some old outdoor lanterns for a bit of sparkle and glow.

As we get closer to spring I remove some of the spent evergreen boughs to allow for the bulbs to come up and then tuck in a couple of pansies or Primulas. My winter pots are constantly evolving. I can add a little more red as we get close to Valentine’s day and…well…you get the picture. For the summer I move them into the background or even on to the back deck where they’ll get a bit more shade.

Door Swags and Garland

Swags and Garlands

Awesome and simple. Ok mostly simple…wear gloves so you don’t stab yourself with the wire and branches of the garland and then swear in front of your neighbours kids. With the garlands you can place around the door frame or to one side. Make sure you they will not get caught in the door as you open and close it.

Keep your swags and garlands misted if we have clear and cold weather and they are real. If they are everlasting, you get to skip this step! If we get our usual winter weather, Mother Nature can take care of the misting. Come in and visit us at the nursery and you can sip hot chocolate and look at the different ways we have used the garlands if you need some ideas!

Christmas Wreaths

Wreaths

From greens to pinecones to bells and berries. Too many to choose from. What is interesting is that folks will also put them in unexpected places like a shed that you walk by or see out the window. I’ve even spotted a mini wreath overtop of a dog door. Hot this year are Boxwood wreaths, in both round and square. You can even get a diamond shaped one ... (inside joke :) )

Holiday Illumination and Lanterns

Lanterns

Illumination of all kinds is a given. Choose simple, beautiful or even sparkly. Classic lanterns look way better than cheesy big-box Christmas lights. Group them together indoors or out. Mix sizes and colours. Fill not only with candles or led candles but pinecones or glittery Christmas balls.

Have a fantastic, cozy and safe Christmas! Come in and take a gander at our Christmas Market…the hot chocolate is on and we even have mini marshmallows!! You can wander around and pick up some great Christmas ideas from our fabulous designers! We're open until Dec 24th to serve you. We've also got more tips for decorating your indoor space for the holidays.

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle is a certified horticulturalist and Landscape designer. She is currently an up and coming apple guru, growing over 120 cultivars which explains her passion for edible garden design. Laurelle works part time for Art’s Nursery. You can also interact with her through Art’s monthly newsletter, our blog and our gardening channel on YouTube.


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