Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Front Door Holiday Decor

Pots full of holiday greens are a great way to add a festive air to your front steps and welcome holiday guests.  Greenhouses and home stores are stocked with possibilities-spruce tips, fresh garlands, winterberries, curly willow and red dogwood branches.  I wanted to doll up the front of the house for the Bazaar, and had not yet really thought about my front of the house holiday decor.  It has been a rather warm November here, so the cordyline in my front pots (paired this summer with chartreuse potato vine) was still looking rather lively.  It seemed a shame to get rid of them just yet, and I don't really have the space to overwinter them, so I decided to incorporate them into my holiday pots.  I purchased two frasier fir wreaths for 5.99 each, and a big bunch of dogwood for 4.99.  I simply slipped the wreaths over the cordyline to form a base around each plant, then added dogwood branches around the plant.  This was so quick, easy and inexpensive, and my pots are a little bit unique. (The pumpkins will disappear once Thanksgiving is over!)

I also added spruce tips, dogwood and winterberries stashed in a green metal bucket, then popped into a tall metal plant stand.  Another plant stand holds a white pumpkin.  Look for inspiration in the containers and plant stands that are looking lonely and forlorn in your garden or garage now that summer is over.  Pick up some greens and give them new life as winter decor.