Southern seasons are a lesson in contrasts. Autumn blazes in a firestorm of color, and the holidays glow with the man-made extravaganza of lights and bling. January, however, offers the serenity of indoor flowers to warm the spirit and ward off cold, dreary days. Whether you want a large display or a single pot of posies, let these ideas brighten your home.
Tip: Once spring arrives and danger of frost has passed, plant the potted hydrangea outdoors. Some selections available now are not winter-hardy in the garden, so growing the plant in a large container is one way to beat the problem. When cold weather approaches, move the pot into your garage or basement to protect it from a hard freeze.