Holiday Decorating With Fresh Greenery
The folks at the Clemson Extension Home & Garden Information Center have put together a great reference on using landscape plants in your holiday decorations. Their Holiday Decorating With Fresh Greenery web page includes info on plants to use, how to make decorations last longer, and even tips on making a wreath and better yet -- a kissing ball to replace that ol' mistletoe. Don't go through the holidays without this one!
Favorite or New Plant
Possumhaw holly (Ilex decidua) drops its leaves when winter cold arrives, to take front stage in the landscape with orange to red berries adorning leafless stems. Berries persist through the winter or until discovered by one of the many species of birds that prize them. It makes a beautiful arching shrub, reaching over 25 feet in good growing conditions. This southern native is not picky about soil types and after a little supplemental watering during the first season to help it get established will do remarkably well with little care. It does well in full sun to part shade. Like other hollies, possumhaw holly plants are either male or female, with only the female plants capable of producing berries.