Cut your own holiday centerpieces for your dining room tables. They are free and unique adding colorful warmth to the festivities. Select a container and insert floral foam. You will want some foam exposed for a more grandiose flower display.
Once you have cut the foam to the desired size, gather evergreen foliage, twigs, berries, and other natural elements you may want to incorporate.
I choose Japanese Snowbell Tree twigs because of their fine texture. Consider the size of your container when selecting items. For example, magnolia foliage would overwhelm this small container.
Coarse textured evergreens I selected were Indian Hawthorn and Osmanthus.
Use what you have in your own garden and make sure you select fine, medium and coarse textures.
Cedar was inserted around the rim of the container to soften the edges. I snipped a few rose buds for the center.
Cranberries were inserted into toothpicks and placed throughout for color. You could use nandina, pyracantha or holly berries.
Make sure you water your centerpiece.
Yuletide Camellia is blooming in my garden and is perfect for this holiday centerpiece. If nothing is blooming in your garden, purchase a few flowers from your local florist and insert into the floral foam. They will last 1-2 weeks depending on the flower selection.
When the flowers have faded, just replace with a fresh bouquet and your centerpiece will last till Valentine’s Day, if watered.
Happy Planting and Happy Holidays
Diana Gardner-Williams www.dianadigsdirt.com
Landscape Design and Installation