Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Guest post- Creating a holiday-themed garden!

This post is brought to you by Sam Peters.

The holiday season is the one time of year that nearly everyone ‘gets into’ the idea of decorating. However, not everyone likes to stick with the expected and traditional ways of decorating. Some people like to experiment with new things, they enjoy being unique. A holiday-themed garden can be an out-of-the-ordinary way to indulge in both, traditional and non-traditional holiday fun.

Choosing the Spot

A holiday garden doesn’t have to be in the garden. That is, a deck, patio, or even a covered porch or carport can be turned into a holiday-themed garden. Of course, if you happen to have a beautiful evergreen tree in your yard, you may want to build the holiday garden around that.

The idea is to choose a spot that allows you to create your own version of a holiday garden. This might mean creating a winter wonderland or your personal idea of what Christmas should look like. The more creative you are with your ideas, the more unique your holiday garden will be.

Wherever you decide to create the garden, you should include a mix of both traditional and nontraditional elements. But keep in mind, you should do things your own way. For example, you could use an old door to create an ‘entryway’ to your open-air garden. The door can be propped against a tree or a fence or other stable outdoor item. Live wreaths hung on the door will add to the whimsical touch.

In fact, you could turn a typical wreath into a birth-feeding station. Making pine cone birdfeeders is easy. Just cover a few pine cones with peanut butter and roll them in bird seed. You can use holiday ribbon to tie the pine cones to the bottom of your wreaths. Allowing these to hang at various lengths will create an elegant look and you will soon have lots of feathered guests pecking at your door.

From the Ground Up

You can create flooring for your holiday garden in a variety of ways. Since a snow machine can be quite expensive you may want to improvise a snow covered ground effect. Just spread quilt batting over the area. From a distance this will look like real snow. Snowmen can be created out of large Styrofoam balls.

Decorative Touches

Garland can be hung along fences and railings. Outdoor trees can be decorated just like indoor Christmas trees. However, you should keep in mind that these decorations will be exposed to the weather. With that in mind you may want to choose only heavier decorations or those that can be tied onto the tree with wire. Handmade holiday decorations are perfect for a holiday garden.

Plants are an easy way to create a great holiday garden. You can use real plants or artificial ones. Christmas cactus and poinsettias are traditional holiday plants. But you don’t have to stop with traditional plants. Even palm trees and grapevines can be decorated with holiday-inspired adornments.

Creating a holiday-themed garden is a wonderful way to express yourself. Each year you can add new ideas to the best ones from the past. You may just find that celebrating the holidays outdoors is more fun than being inside.

Disclaimer: I have received compensation in return for publishing this article.

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