Tip of the Week: Use Woody Stems As Bouquets

In winter, turn to these deciduous shrubs for material for interesting indoor arrangements. If your garden doesn’t include them, why not consider adding them this spring so you can reap the benefits this time next year?

  • The colorful stems of dogwood make good indoor decoration. Put their red, yellow, purple or green branches in a tall, narrow-necked vase. Willows with colorful stems can also be used.
  • Curved branches also make a good display. Try Harry Lauder’s walking stick (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’; Zones 4–7) and twisted willow (Salix babylonica var. pekinensis ‘Tortuosa; Zones 6–9). They look nice mixed with stems of ivy and evergreen leaves.
  • Enhance a store-bought evergreen wreath with sprigs of variegated foliage, berries, pinecones and rose hips. Weave in colorful dogwood and willow branches for a bright effect.

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