Summer-like weather lingered for an extra month this year, so you may be surprised by this reminder: the holidays are knocking on our door.
How will you respond to that reality, especially when you find that your yard is largely dormant? For many years, McAdam has supplied an answer that breathes vitality into your landscape. It’s the installation of colorful holiday décor: wreaths, garlands, Christmas lights and other winter displays. They offer sorely needed splashes of color that elevate your home’s appeal and make it much more inviting and aesthetically pleasing.
Winter displays are relatively easy to make and are a great way to utilize your containers year-round. From your yard, you can use evergreen cuttings, such as spruce, fir and holly as they mature.
The upside of utilizing hollies is that if you have a female plant, it will also have red fruit to add some flair. With those cuttings, you can also add dormant dogwood or willow branches into the center of the container for height and contrast in color.
Holiday containers are an excellent vehicle to reflect your personality—so arrange them however you wish. From the entire McAdam Landscaping family to yours, we wish you a safe and joyful Thanksgiving!
This installment of "Ask the Plant Expert" was published in the October 25, 2017 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.