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Holiday Container Gardens

New York, San Francisco and LA are great cities to stroll through, especially in the winter. If you're a true gardener, you'll be captivated and inspired by the ingenuity, originality, and beauty of the indoor potted gardens that adorn hotels, stores, and financial buildings.

The message that comes from these designs is "Think outside the box!" Pansies, poppies, stock, and snapdragons are the staples for most winter color planting in garden beds — but in your pots try some new combinations.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Nothing says "welcome" better than twin pots flanking an entry point. Use a medium-to-tall evergreen in the center of each pot. Cedrus deodora works very well. Make sure your pot is wide enough to encircle the evergreen with dusty miller, red cyclamen, variegated "iceberg" ivy or some other decorative plant. Optional: weave battery-operated white lights in the tree for special occasions. Gorgeous!

  • For a narrow area try staked pyracantha (firethorn) ringed with carex comens (frosty curls), helichrysum petiolare (white licorice) or liriope (silver dragon). You can also use a 3'x3' espaliered pyracantha.

  • For a tropical look use split-leaf philodendron or a bird of paradise surrounded by red trailing bougainvillea and white lantana.

    Many tropical trees and plants, especially those adapted to dimmer light in rainforests, do well indoors. Check around the nursery and see what you like.

You get the idea. Don't limit yourself to the obvious; take joy in being creative!




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