Landscape Ornaments

There are many landscape ornaments growing locally around us.  Your landscape is an excellent way to show off nature's decorations throughout the year.  Flowers possess seed heads that dry; you can Espalier up against a brick wall letting the  plant berries be accents.  Just seeing the berries of winter make people feel good.

Lots of money is spent annually on commercial decorations.  Bring nature's beauty indoors.  You can lay holly branches on a hearth, dresser, or table.  Collect clusters of Nandina or Pyracantha berries and place them in bowls for a beautiful effect.  Grapevines wound tightly give us the universal circle wreath that is so popular to display.  Wire the berries to the wreath and match  with a ribbon.

Involve your family while you gather and collect ornaments.  Identify your favorites and set out on a quest to find them.  This is especially good, because children love to identify and gather plant material.  Bring your findings back and decorate highly visible areas of your home to remind you of your outings.

Suggestions to make your natural decorations last longer are drying flowers in silica sand or borax.  Spray them with a wilt proof product or surfactant.  Once ornaments are picked they only last a couple of weeks, do not expect them to last much longer.  They will naturally preserve in nature.  Pick a new crop through the season to freshen up decorating.

There are ten local favorites available for ornaments that maybe are found in your own landscape. Sumac has bright, flame-red leaves in fall and triangle-shaped, red seed heads at the tip.  Beauty Berry and French Mulberry have violet purple clusters of berries in fall after leaves have dropped.  Grapevines are commonly used for wreaths or tightly rolled for baskets.  Moonseed vine, with its bright red berries on an evergreen vine, and heart shaped leaves.  Several varieties of hollies do well locally.  You can cut branches off and wire them together to form garlands.    Coneflowers including; Blackeyed Susans, purple Coneflower, and Mexican hat; all have excellent naturally dried seed heads.  Possum Haw Holly a deciduous Youpon with red berries on branches after leaves have fallen.  Nandina has an excellent  fall look with its orange berries and red fall color on the leaves.  Pyracantha grows beautiful red berries, but beware, this is a thorny plant.  Indian Hawthorne has rich, dark-purple berries, be sure to spray with a fungicide during flowering to assure an abundance of berries.

The best thing about  these landscape ornaments is that they can be collected locally.  Once established in landscape, plants will have enough  ornaments to supply your landscape and home with natural beauty.