When it’s too warm to lite the fire, fill the fire grate with red blooming plants.
It’s Christmas and all the stockings are hung on the mantel, but the weather is too warm to lite a fire. Complete the picture by creating a “fire” by adding plants with red blooms to the logs in the fireplace. Make the “fire” come alive by first placing Christmas tree lights under the logs.
Begin by adding small pieces of firewood at the base of the fireplace. It also helps to have a small firebox. Undo the bundle of Christmas lights and spread the lights between the firewood. I place small pieces of firewood across the bottom firewood, creating a small platform over the lights.
Place small pots of plants in the firewood, adding more firewood as you add more plants. For this display, I used small plants of red begonias. I have also used small plants of red poinsettias. Place the plants at angles so the blooms are facing the front of the fireplace.
I add a few pine cones as accent and usually fix a small basket of pine cones to set on the hearth. This is a great arrangement to complete the fireplace setting.
To protect the fireplace, I usually remove the plants from the fireplace before watering.