How do you make something that looks rather dead and dreary stay cheerful through the holidays? It’s not as hard as you might think.
Before we go on, let’s be clear that we’re talking about your Nashville yard during winter — dead and dreary, right? It doesn’t have to be. In fact, you can make your landscape work for you during winter by installing plants that you can harvest from. This harvest can become centerpieces and other indoor (and outdoor) decor for your holiday season.
Choosing the Right Plants
Some plants are just meant for winter. Things like pinecones, holly berries, and acorns can be used to create gorgeous centerpieces and garlands — even mantle coverings — during the holiday season. And the best part? It’s free! You probably paid for all that landscaping, so why not use it?
Now of course you aren’t going to find much in the way of flowering plants in the Nashville area in winter, not even when you use Nashville, TN natural stone planters. But using the changing colors of leaves from strategic plants can give you the holiday results you’re looking for. Take the oakleaf hydrangea, whose generous green leaves turn to colors like soft purple, yellows, and browns for accenting pieces.
Nandina shrubs are the perfect winter plant. It’s an evergreen whose plump, red berries produce in autumn and stick around during winter. Berries can replace flowers in wintertime. Why not bring in a few sprigs to brighten up your holiday decor?
And we mentioned maiden grass. It’s described as “attractive clumping ornamental grass” with leaves that turn bronze after the first frost. Was there ever a better winter holiday decor plant? As you can see, there are quite a few plants that perform well enough in winter to come inside.
Getting Creative With It
Once you’ve harvested a few pretty things from your autumn garden, it’s time to make the decor. If you’re crafty, try the tips in this Better Homes and Gardens post. If you’re not, get together with a friend who is. Making your own decorations from the winter bounty in your own Nashville backyard is more rewarding than many expensive decorations.
Say you’ve got a landscape with the plants we mentioned above. You’ve gathered your oakleaf hydrangea leaves, nandina berries, and bronze maiden grass. Not only can you come up with some table centerpieces like this blogger did for her Thanksgiving table, but you can decorate any surface in and around your home — your Nashville, TN natural stone mantle, as a semi-permanent table fixture, your front porch, even any low stone walls you have on your Nashville property.
Get creative on a cold afternoon, and once you’re done, you’ll have the beauty of your hard work in the yard on the inside to enjoy not just for Christmas, but all winter.
How do you use your landscaping for Christmas decorations?
It can take a bit of planning to be able to create Christmas decor masterpieces out of your own landscape. You have to plant shrubs and bushes that will yield beauty in winter, yet look good in warmer months too. Then you have to remember to harvest things at certain times — maiden grass not until after the first frost and nandina berries not until late autumn, for example. But once you put it all together, the result is a magical (and environmentally friendly) Christmas that you created yourself.
What about you — have you ever decorated for Christmas with materials you found in your yard? If so, what are your tips for fellow Nashville homeowners? Leave us a comment below!