Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Green Bouquets

One of the rewards for all our hard work in the garden is the ability to create green bouquets in winter by clipping the evergreen shrubs here and there. Most of the year these conifers and broad leaf evergreens like pyrancatha, loropetalum, nandina, privet and various members of the holly family sit quietly in the background, but now their true value comes to light.

These unassuming plants are really stars in waiting who offer beautiful colors ranging from purples, reds and golds to numerous shades of green. They come in a variety of forms from narrow and upright to bushy or trailing, and many also have berries in shades of red, yellow, white and orange.  Clippings from our evergreens provided all I needed to create long-lasting, simple arrangements for the mantle in the family room, and they were free...

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