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Dress Up Your Entry with These Seasonal Tips

The recent nip in the air has reminded us that in spite of a warm autumn so far, the holidays are upon us. Is your entry ready?

Dress up your entry
We love how the variegated hollies compliment the pots’ bright pop of apple green in these entry containers at NHG.

A splash of bright contrasting color adds eye-catching curb appeal and sets the stage for softer textures. We love the versatility that glazed ceramic planters offer for keeping your color pallette fresh and current in your front entry design:

ceramic planters
Just one section of the ceramic planters at NHG; colors, sizes and styles to suit any taste

During our chilly north Texas winters, fresh cut greenery and branches provide volume and structure to container plantings. Take an ordinary color pot with ornamental kale, pansies and dusty miller to the next level with slender birch twigs, glossy magnolia foliage, and fragrant fir. Coordinate the greenery in your containers with the wreath and garland adorning your front door, and you’ve got an entry composition that will have your guests talking:

Dirty Girl Gardening Photo Leslie Guli
This fabulous greenery and berry composition by Leslie Guli of Dirty Girl Gardening really makes a statement! Click the photo to go to her web site for more great images.
Magnolia foliage
Real Magnolia foliage makes a luxe statement

Winter-fruiting shrubs and berry-laden cut branches add dimension and texture to your entry composition. The structural branches and berries add interest to any color container:

Winter Container

Forced bulbs are another way to add sparkle to your entry plantings, especially for a special event. Paperwhite narcissus that have been forced to bloom indoors can be brought out and staged into your entry pots, adding a peek of spring and delightful fragrance for passersby:

Forced paperwhite Narcissus in mixed planter
Forced paperwhite Narcissus give add a cheerful accent to this mixed planter

And, forced bulbs combine beautifully with other winter color favorites–especially lemon Cypress:

Forced paperwhite Narcissus and lemon Cypress
Forced paperwhite Narcissus and lemon Cypress make a color power duo

Don’t forget to add touches of natural color and textural interest with accessories from your preserved harvest! One of our favorites are these dried orange slices–while slightly fragrant, they add the perfect touch to both fresh and faux wreaths and garlands–and they make great vase fill or table scatter, too:

Dried oranges
Dried orange slices offer texture, fragrance and authenticity to holiday decor

Lastly, ’tis the season for foliage–both cut and growing, leaves offer texture, color, and of course, fragrance:

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We love all types of Croton ! They need protection in freezing temps, but you can’t beat the color.
 Lavender cones
The cool, fluffy silver of these Lavender cones create the perfect winter composition
greenery door swag and arch
Classic fir, juniper and cedar greenery take center stage in this door swag and arch.

Feeling inspired? Join us for our hands-on make-and-take Wreath workshops throughout the season with all materials included. Make it a tradition with friends and family!

Happy holidays from all of us at NHG!

 

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