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Ways to decorate your home with winter blooming bulbs

Even amid the holiday lights and tinsel, nature offers some of the season's most dazzling ornaments: bulbs poised to bloom indoors. Amaryllis, paper whites and hyacinths look stunning on their own, however, they can make an even bigger impact as centerpieces in a festive display. Take a cue from these 14 winter-blooming bulb decor ideas for tabletops, mantels, or anywhere else you could use a little extra cheer.

1. Sculptural Display

The tall, clear vessel displays art pieces such as dogwood branches and butterfly amaryllis. Fill the bottom with white sand and a few small ornaments.

2. Twinkling Centerpiec

Battery-operated fairy lights bring a little holiday sparkle to the amaryllis' wax floors. To keep the bulbs upright, their bases are hot-glued to small sourdough pans lined with pebbles. Clustered together, the bulbs make a beautiful holiday centerpiece; Individually, they make sweet gifts for hosts or party guests.

3. Gathered from Nature

You probably already have most of what you need for this simple display. Gather some pinecones and berry-laden branches from the yard, and have a small houseplant already on hand. Arrange everything in a wire basket with a potted winter bulb ('Faro' amaryllis shown here).

4. A Pretty Lineup

All you need are a few square glass containers, potting mix and any flowering bulbs of your choice for this simple centerpiece. For a clean look, plant the same bulb in each vase; For a more dynamic look, plant a mix of varieties.

5. Lush Landscape

Miniature ferns and moss create a tropical effect around a striped 'splash' amaryllis. By placing the amaryllis in a separate pot at the center of the planting, you can take it out after flowering and replace it with other flowers if you like.

6. Bulbs on bulbs

Bring on the sparkle: Decorate with small bulb ornaments around fragrant paper whites to add holiday cheer. Placing them in a silver footed bowl creates a display elegant enough for a holiday table centerpiece.

7. Forest in miniature

This vignette takes its cues from the woods, featuring snow-white 'Carnegie' hyacinths and evergreen boughs and a few pine cones. Everything is buried in the soil, which is covered with sheet moss to mimic a forest floor.

8. Red, White and Green

A traditional holiday color scheme is presented here with berry sprigs and paper whites. A deep planter completes the look (and lets you leave the plants in their nursery pots instead of bothering to repot them).

9. Winter Wonderland

For a cabinet-style display of curiosities, place paper whites in an open-top glass terrarium, along with other natural elements like greenery clippings and pine cones. White pebbles echo the color of the flowers.


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