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Beauty in Winter

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January 22, 2017
Most home gardeners will cut summer flowers for indoor vases, but what can we do in the winter months? C’mon, let’s go out and collect some beautiful things from our Mississippi winter garden. I’m first going to collect some Southern Magnolia foliage. The large glossy green leaves will add coarse texture. Next I’m going to clip some crape myrtle stems having a few faded seed pods that will add interest to our winter piece. Any winter arrangement wouldn’t be complete without some seed heads from ornamental grasses. These will add delicate texture. I think a few branches from these Junipers are perfect to add a touch of cool blue. And let’s get some beautiful orange-red pyracantha fruit clusters to add some bright color. I going to put this winter arrangement together using the Thriller, Filler and Spiller technique. First the ornamental grass and Juniper cuttings will be my Thrillers adding height and excitement. Next I’m going to fil in the body with coarse texture using the Southern Magnolia leaves. Let’s add the pyracantha stems as the Spiller with the berries tumbling over the edge. And for a touch of flair a few Crape Myrtle stems. And Voila, all finished. Well, what do you think? Not bad, huh. So if you’re interested in learning more about using Beautiful Things From Mississippi gardens contact the Coastal Research and Extension Center for information on upcoming classes and workshops. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on Southern Gardening.
Department: Agricultural Communications

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