Long ago, decorating the house for the holidays was quite different. Creativity and ingenuity were key words ! The tree was cut from the field and lovingly placed by the hearth, popcorn was strung as garland , homemade ornaments hung in great abundance and pinecones of all sizes filled every niche. Boughs of fragrant evergreens were strewn across the mantle and a handmade wreath graced the front door. All this green was quite lovely but it needed something ... it needed a POP!
It wouldn't be Christmas without the brilliant red berries of the Holly family ! Twigs loaded down with lucious, shiny red berries were tucked in everywhere and they lasted almost forever!
Being in the south, we don't get quite the same spectacular fall color show as our northern neighbors do, but we do get to enjoy the Holly family's 'turning of the berry"! Pride of Houston Holly is a widely used, multi-purposed, prunable joy in our southern gardens. Tiny little green berries stay hidden all year awaiting Nature's subtle signal to plump up, redden up and be seen!
Creekside Nursery takes full advantge of this evergreen, prunable wonder by offering it in many forms. When grown in it's natural form in 3 or 15 gallon pots, it's a great hedge or barrier. When we pop them into 15 gallon pots, prune away the bottom foliage, they reveal their pretty light gray bark and form the very desirable multi-trunk evergreen tree so sought after by landscapers. Then ! we get creative ! Our growers prune them into pyramids, free-form pom poms and the ultimate luxury , 3-tiered poodle forms!
Imagine a pair of these 6' tall 3-tiers on either side of an entryway, dropped into decorative containers, or even planted in the ground, white lights twinkling all over them at night and by day, covered in red berries and red bows heralding in the season! Quite an impressive sight indeed!
Give a call to your jovial Creekside rep today and let us add to your Holiday festivities with some long-lived Holly beauty!