In a Vase on Monday: Festive Foliage

Once again we searched the garden for items to include in this week’s In a Vase on Monday, an idea introduced by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. We have included pansies and violas in earlier offerings, and they are quite beautiful right now. However, we thought we might wait a bit before showing them again. The ‘Debutante’ Camellia japonica is loaded with flowers, but they are all damaged to some degree by the most recent frost. Therefore, I decided to make selections of some the different foliage plants to include in our vase.


Included in the arrangement (back to front) are:

‘Green Giant’ arborvitae

Loropetalum chinense ‘Rubra‘ 

Cupressocyparis laylandii ‘Golconda’ Leyland cypress

Euonymous japonica ‘Aureo-marginata


The two gold Christmas tree bulbs are included to add a holiday spirit.

My Arranger and I had a debate as to whether this is a vase, a bowl, or a dish. We compromised by calling it a container. What do you think?

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About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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16 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Festive Foliage

  1. What a stunning arrangement. I love the contrasting light and dark colors of the foliage. Very festive. Here the foliage is gone on most bushes but I have a few I can choose from…but nothing as dramatic as yours.


  2. Pauline says:

    Beautiful foliage arrangement and the Christmas tree baubles are a nice touch.


  3. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Pauline. Appreciate your comments.


  4. Elizabeth says:

    Superb arrangement – a lovely combination of colours and texture. The ‘container’ is perfect too. I’m not participating this week but couldn’t resist taking a peek … I can always learn from the experts 🙂


  5. johnvic8 says:

    My Arranger joins me in thanking you, Elizabeth.


  6. Kris P says:

    I think any container that holds plant materials is a vase. This is a lovely creation. I think your arranger could go pro.


  7. Chloris says:

    Lovely. Winter is the time to really appreciate the foliage in the garden and the gold baubles are all you need to make it really festive.


  8. Cathy says:

    i would call it a dish – if it is important to you to have a name, that is! The combination of foliage works really well, and the addition of the bauble is a surprisingly subtle festive touch – you and the arranger make a good team! Thanks for joining in – who knows what we will all find next week 🙂


  9. Christina says:

    A beautiful combination of foliage today John and your arranger of course! How are the stems held?


  10. Julie says:

    A perfect arrangement of foliage John with a suitably festive feel. Well done to both you and your very talented Arranger.


  11. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Julie. I am fortunate to have such a talented Arranger in my life.


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