Landscape Logic: What’s new in holiday decor?
Special to the Daily
By the time we’ve finished the leftover turkey, most of us have moved on to the next holiday. It’s time to put up the Christmas tree and go outside to hang some lights.
If you’re trying to decide whether the icicle lights are passe or what to put on the front door this year, you might be relieved to know that the biggest trend for 2011 is traditional: traditional color, traditional style, traditional theme. Yes, Virginia, the classic, nostalgic look of Christmas past is “it” this year.
Evergreens, whether artificial or real, are the timeless mainstay both indoors and out.
• Use them with pinecones, berries and dried plant material from your yard to fill containers on the porch.
• Embellish evergreen garlands with lights and drape them over the door, along a fence line, a handrail or surrounding a pillar.
• Light up evergreen trees either in white light or by combining white with one other color. Make a bolder statement by circling the trees with two different sizes of lights.
Back to those icicle lights. White lights remain the No. 1 “color” for holiday decor, so be glad you saved the icicles and hang them along the roofline. To add more interest, hang another strand with a larger sized bulb placed along the gutter just above the icicles.
Keep colors simple and traditional for other lighting. Use a monochromatic theme of just white lights or combine white with one color. Green is top of the list, followed by red or amber. Too many colors get busy and detract from the classic style, so stay with simple color combinations.
When lighting deciduous trees, play to the tree’s own shape that’s most visible in winter after the leaves have fallen. Instead of draping a swirl of lights through the tree, extend a strand of lights along the length of several branches. The resulting “skeleton” will be a stunning show-off of the tree’s natural structure.
This application is more time-consuming than swirling one strand, but worth the effort. Just one tree highlighted this way is enough for most yards.
Need new lights?
Remember that LED holiday lights are both user-friendly and sustainable:
• You can connect 100 strands of LEDs end-to-end and plug the whole line into one extension cord that goes into a single power outlet. That makes your job easy – no looking for extra outlets or worrying about overloading the circuit.
• LEDs use about 80 percent less power than conventional holiday lights and they last four to five times longer.
• You will pay more upfront, but you will recover the expense via reduced energy costs and fewer replacements. Using less total material over a longer lifetime – while consuming less energy – is a major sustainable advantage.
Becky Garber is a member of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado of which Neils Lunceford, a landscaping company, is a member. You may contact them at 970- 409-8945.