Joseph De Sciose
Winter's shades differ from the classic holiday red-and-green color palette. Soft silver tones turn up on a frosty morning in bare tree branches and in the ruffled leaves of annual dusty miller (Senecio cineraria).
This rugged plant takes cold weather in stride and stays compact throughout winter, making it a great choice for a living wreath. Put together this quick, easy project, and dress it up for the holidays. Place your wreath on a surface that will not be damaged by moisture, or lean it against a window frame. Then enjoy it until warm weather takes its toll in late spring.
Purchase a tray of dusty miller (18 per tray); choose bushy, compact plants. We used a 20-inch metal wreath form that comes with a top. Find these at crafts stores and nurseries, or order one online from www.kinsmangarden.com (item #GLWM).
"Decorate With Nature's Silver" is from the December 2007 issue of Southern Living.