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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Winter Living Room Greenery

Friday, January 4, 2019


Winter months can be bleak, but adding live greenery to your living room can keep the inside of your home from looking cold and dreary. 


Winter living room greenery to brighten homes after Christmas
Add living plants to white flower pots and crocks for a crisp look that goes with any color scheme all winter long. 

W I N T E R   L I V I N G   R O O M   

G R E E N E R Y 



Greenery is a neutral that goes with all styles . . . French Country, Farmhouse, Traditional, Modern, Minimalism. White pots can be found in every style with the simplest white pots going with all styles. 



Winter living room greenery to brighten homes after Christmas
Live greenery can be part of your Christmas decor, but can remain for weeks beyond the Christmas season. Whenever I remove Christmas decorations, the house always seems bare and lifeless . . .  sort of melancholy that the joyous season is over and all the family gatherings are past . . . unless I keep live potted plants. 



Winter living room greenery is often white poinsettias
Some years poinsettias continue to brighten my living room, but this year I used three of my favorite house plants to decorate the blanket box used as a coffee table. 



T H R E E   F A V O R I T E   P L A N T S   

F O R   W I N T E R   



R O S E M A R Y 

Winter living room rosemary plants to brighten homes after Christmas
Rosemary is one of my favorites for winter because of its fresh fragrance and cone shape. Just a light brush with your hand releases a faint clean smell. When trained in a tree shape it looks like an undecorated Christmas tree. 

Rosemary plants in tree shapes are available every year beginning in November at our local large home improvement stores and garden centers. Buy your plants as soon as possible to get the best shape and freshest plants. The longer a plant sits at a home improvement store, the more likely the plant will be damaged by lack of water or exposure to bad weather. 


I V Y 

Winter living room ivy wreaths to brighten homes after Christmas
Ivy trained in a wreath shape is another favorite house plant that transitions from Christmas to all winter. Before the days of sparkly lights, ivy was one of the traditional greens used in decorating houses, businesses, and churches for Christmas. 



Winter living room myrtle topiaries to brighten homes after Christmas
Myrtle topiaries are my third favorite potted plant for winter greenery. While not traditionally associated with Christmas, myrtle topiaries are among my favorite plants during the holidays and all during the winter. 



Winter living room myrtle topiaries, ivy wreaths, rosemary trees  to brighten homes after Christmas
Since sunlight floods the living room even during the shortest day of the year, plants on the coffee table get plenty of light from all the windows. 



Winter living room myrtle topiaries, ivy wreaths, rosemary trees  to brighten homes after Christmas
The three plants offer a variety of shapes and textures and are large enough for the scale of the living room. 



Winter living room myrtle topiaries, ivy wreaths, rosemary trees  to brighten homes after Christmas
Sadly, I do have to admit having trouble keeping all three of these kinds of plants alive as house plants at any time of the year, not just during the winter.  

Rosemary plants give me the most trouble. They seem never to recover from going too long between waterings. Once they get too dry, branches die, never to sprout new growth. 

Ivy plants indoors tend to get spider mites which kills the plants. 

Myrtle topiaries need constant moisture, but not over watering. 



Winter living room myrtle topiaries, ivy wreaths, rosemary trees  to brighten homes after Christmas
When the Christmas tree is taken down, these three plants will continue to provide greenery in the living room for the winter months. Fingers crossed, I keep them well tended. 


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13 comments:

  1. Your greens are lovely. I have left a few, both faux and real, scattered about. Reading your post reminded me to water my rosemary - thank you! I almost forgot about it since I took decorations down last Sunday, but I do want to nurture it. It's definitely grown since I bought it, and needs a culinary clipping!

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  2. I am new to your blog and completely smitten. Thank you for your beautiful images and ideas. It's going to be a good year! Bonne Annee!

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    1. Holly,
      Welcome to my blog. Thank you so much for your kind comments. Yes, 2019 is going to be a good year!

      Judith

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  3. Judith, this is so pretty! I too love topiaries but can never keep them alive for too long. It's always worth the try though. You have the prettiest collection of white pottery. A new obsession might have just been born for me. Happy New Year!

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  4. Hi, Judith. I like your greenery very much and the three plants are each in beautiful pots. I don't have anything as structurally pretty as yours, but I have gotten into houseplants. I started with a few basics and have rooted them successfully and created a few more. I love knowing that houseplants help purify the air. Because we like to travel, I have to find someone to water if we're are away very long. I relate to your challenges. Hugs~

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    1. HI, Dana,
      Thank you, as always, for your kind and meaningful comments. I always enjoy what you have to say.

      Safe travels... I've enjoyed seeing your photos.

      Judith

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  5. Beautiful, Judith! I need to add more green in my own living room. I'm not great with plants, but this year I'd like to learn more and keep them alive! Until then, there's alway faux! ;) Happy New Year!

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  6. Green plants against the white containers, is so fresh and pretty! :-)

    I wish I had better luck with rosemary, too. But growing lavender is absolutely impossible for me. I've given up on that one.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

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    1. Marilyn,
      Thank you. Dark green with white is refreshing, isn't it?

      Indoor plants are a challenge, especially during the winter, with all our forced air heat. I have resigned myself to enjoying them for however long they live which is longer than cut flowers.

      Judith

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  7. Judith, I love this post. Do you mind if I share it in my TinyLetter newsletter?

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  8. Oh this just makes me swoon! I think you know how I love Rosemary!

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  9. Judith, I love your greenery and all of your pottery! Winter here in Texas is perfect for touches of green until spring arrives! Love and hugs!

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  10. I do like greenery inside but although I have a green thumb for outdoor plants, indoors I tend to kill them. I did pick up a lipstick plant this fall, in memory of my mother who loved how they bloom at Christmas! It is doing pretty well in our Prairie Home (the big trailer) and hopefully will really like our new home that we are in escrow.

    All three topiaries of yours are beautiful. I also picked up a little rosemary this fall and I shaped it into a small ball. I love cooking with fresh rosemary so I really hope this one makes it! Bringing it indoors tonight for the big freeze coming this weekend.

    Happy gardening to you, Judith,
    Hugs,
    Barb :)

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