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Hello, December! We’re welcoming the new month with iconic red holly berries, magical gardens to enjoy at night, holiday DIYs, and some serious container inspiration. We’re just a couple weeks away from the official start of winter, and this crazy year is winding down quickly!

Jolly Holly

In our guide to growing holly, you’ll find design ideas and tips on how to select the best holly for your landscape—there are more than 400 species—including Castle Spire® blue holly, Gem Box® inkberry holly, and Berry Poppins® winterberry holly.

Moon Garden Design

If you’re thinking of making some changes to your garden for 2021, how about designing an area to enjoy at night? White flowers and silver or variegated foliage reflect the moonlight, and night-blooming fragrant flowers create a multi-sensory experience. Discover more design tips and plant suggestions to help you design your own magical moon garden.

Register for NYBG’s Annual Winter Lecture Series

Join NYBG on January 28th as distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener Sue Stuart-Smith kicks off their popular Winter Lecture Series. This year’s theme, Gardens of Meaning, explores the garden from non-traditional perspectives—those of healing, inclusiveness, and music—that add new layers to our appreciation and experience. The series continues with Leslie Bennett (February 25th) and Larry Weaner (March 25th). Register early for the full series and save 10%.

Garden-Inspired Holiday DIYs

Last week, a reader requested ideas for DIY holiday wreaths (thanks, Jennifer!) and I thought there might be others interested as well. So, here are some of our favorite garden-inspired holiday DIYs:

Winter Wreath Videos
6 Succulent Holiday Designs
11 Simple Rustic Decor Ideas

Plus, here are 7 classic plants to keep an eye out for when searching your garden for project supplies.

Holiday Container Inspiration

If you’re in need of some serious winter container inspiration, look no further! Deborah Silver and her talented team at Detroit Garden Works create some of the most amazing containers we’ve ever seen, and not just for winter! Take a peek through their gallery (and bookmark it for future reference).

Holiday Shopping

The gift-giving season is upon us and time is going fast. Find the perfect gifts for the gardeners on your list (or something for yourself!) with these holiday shopping guides:

2020 Holiday Gift Guide
Holiday Décor
Garden Design Bookstore
5 No-to-Low-Cost Gifts for Gardeners
Garden Design Reader Favorites