Fluffy white azaleas and hydrangeas piled in containers resemble snowballs. Forced into flower for the holidays, both plants are sold at nurseries, garden centers, and grocery stores, usually in 6-inch containers.
'Shooting Star' hydrangea, the lace-cap variety pictured here, bears double flowers that stay white for four to six weeks before maturing to a greenish hue. Given regular water, these plants can last several weeks in mild climates.
Choose large-flowered florists’ cyclamen (C. persicum) or smaller-flowered, hardier types. Tuck the small types around winter-blooming heathers for a pretty patio accent.
A hardy succulent, Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco' takes minimal water and does best in locations that get full sun to filtered shade. For our tabletop display, we planted sedums from four six-packs in a white glazed earthenware bowl.
Dusty miller fills three glazed ivory pots. To finish the frosty look, we covered the potting soil around each plant with glacial blue tumbled glass. Display the pots in full sun (on entry steps or a patio table.)