Going Green

Published April 10, 2019

At this time of year the interiors of our homes can look a little dreary and in need of some fresh cut flowers.

Unfortunately, our gardens offer little in terms of cut flowers during the winter months, but decorating with fresh greenery is always an option.

Designers love using fresh greens throughout their show homes. When placed properly, they can be very effective.

Here are a few ideas to incorporate fresh greens within your home this winter. Keep the arrangements simple and clean and you will get the best results.

Clear bottles, fresh herbs, tapered candles

Next time you clean out a pretty tapered bottle think twice before tossing it into the recycle bin. These clear bottles work wonderfully when filled with water and a simple, fresh herb.

Place a single sprig, such as rosemary, sage or mint, into the clear bottle first and then add some tap water. Top the bottle off with a white, dripless tapered candle.

This is a pretty display for a dinner party or a buffet table.

Palms as centrepieces

You can find large palms in grocery stores from time to time. I have seen Areca palms and split-leaf philodendrons. These are fantastic when placed as a single stem into a modern vase or laid flat on a table with candles scattered around.

Large vases with assorted greens

Sometimes the most effective displays are the ones where large groups of greens, such as salal, are grouped together in a large vase. When bunched together the greens are wonderful for filling large corners and other empty spaces.

Maybe it’s time to rethink the floral this month and go green.

Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design. She also runs Blu Dog Staging & Redesign. You can find more information at bludogstagingandredesign.com.