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How to bring the outdoors in this winter-Guest post by JJ Keras

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Bringing outdoor plants into your home this winter season is a great way to lift your mood and inspire creativity. Even the simplest of household plants can relieve stress and add excitement to everyday spaces.
Consider placing an English Ivy as your table centerpiece. As a general rule, centerpieces should not be taller than 12 inches to allow eye contact across the table. An English Ivy centerpiece is lovely complimenting a ladies tea or garden lunch.



To make a guest bathroom more inviting, consider placing a plant such as this Nephthytis White Butterfly. It will be the first thing your guests notice and is effective for keeping a bathroom fresh. If the bathroom has busy patterns and colors, a monotone plant will calm the ambiance. If you have a simpler bathroom hue, go big and bold!
Put a terrarium where least expected to allow for the yin and yang of home decorating.

Here, a terrarium filled with rocks, plants, and an unexpected duck is placed on a formal sideboard....because no dinner party should take themselves too seriously!


Flowers and wine – a match made in heaven!

Consider placing a plant in your home bar area. If you don’t have a separate bar area, create one by picking up an antique bar cart from an estate sale.

Matching the plant color to your cocktail napkins, wine labels, or straws is visually pleasing and an exciting element to wind down your day.

Here, Cyclamen and Reiger Begonia were used for their bright red color.

Tablescapes and dead spaces can be filled with Lemon Lime Dracaena. Try placing objects near the plant that compliment the detail in the leaves.

  To add decorative height to a space, a Bromeliad is your best friend. This dramatic plant can quickly turn a casual space into a conversation starter.
Consider painting an old shelf, adding a clock at the top and filling in with house plants and books for a new exciting element in your home. Here, a vine was wrapped around this shelf to enhance it's appearance. Plants in various textures and shades bring the focal piece to life.

The plants shown here (and many, many more!) will be available at Memphis Botanic Garden's Green Your Home Winter Plant Sale, Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8. Hours for the sale are 9am-5pm. Expert staff and volunteers will help you select plants that fit your space, as well as give tips and instructions for keeping the plants healthy.

Best of all, proceeds from the sale support the Garden's education and shop and help keep the Garden growing!

  JJ Keras is a local entertaining and lifestyle expert.
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Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 4:38 PM


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