Magazine article Sunset

Wanted: Perfect Partners for Lonely Poinsettias

Magazine article Sunset

Wanted: Perfect Partners for Lonely Poinsettias

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It wouldn't be Christmas without a poinsettia. You buy one on impulse at the grocery store or receive a giant plant from a party guest. Then it sits all alone on the coffee table because its gaudy tropical foliage and foil-clad pot seem to clash with everything in sight. Whether it's red, white, or pink, a poinsettia can be the ugly duckling of the holidays.

It doesn't have to be that way this year. We asked two Seattle floral designers to create displays costing no more than $50 each that would turn the poinsettia into the focal point of a holiday room. Our problem-solvers were Joyce Gauntt, floral designer at Swanson's Nursery, and Michael Prihoda, floristry instructor at South Seattle Community College's School of Floristry. As you can see here, their arrangements combine plants with readily available materials (live, dried, and manufactured) in attractive containers.

Scout your house for large containers that will hold several plants; don't overlook nontraditional choices such as wooden wine boxes, soup tureens, and enamel wash pans. …

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