Start With an Original
We chose a honeysuckle basket made by Virginia artist Anne Scarpa McCauley (www.honeysucklebaskets.com). Measuring 20 inches wide x 9 inches deep, it’s generous enough to hold several 1-gallon and quart-size pots. Before you make your arrangement, line the basket with foil or a plastic bag to protect it.
Pick Your Plants
For the white-and-green arrangement shown at left, Kris used one ‘Christmas Gift’ amaryllis, two hydrangeas, two maidenhair ferns, three kalanchoes, and three variegated ivies. Begin by placing the amaryllis and hydrangeas, leaving them in their pots. Tuck in ferns, kalanchoes, and ivies. Where space is tight, remove plants and soil from the pots, and place them in plastic sandwich bags. This works especially well with trailing vines such as ivy.