• Ohio State University - The Ohio Program, 'Bringing the green world together'
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Making your own Christmas decorations is a great way to have some Christmas fun with the family. Create your own personal style with fresh and exciting Christmas plants. Plants are nature's own decorations, creating freshness and a lovely atmosphere in the living room. With the right accessories and a little imagination, plants can become miniature Christmas stories in themselves.

Corkscrew Hazel
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During the winter, different rules apply than in the warmer seasons – there are no abundant blossoms to attract the gaze, no beautifully colored foliage. Instead of the colors, it’s the forms of plants that structure the picture of the garden. Useful now are unusual accents such as the corkscrew hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’).

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Year after year, the poinsettia is the star of the Advent and Christmas season. From November onwards, it is impossible to imagine interior design without it, as it heralds the most contemplative time of the year in our homes. In the right place and with a few simple tricks, the brightly coloured bracts of the low-maintenance poinsettia can stay radiant long after Christmas time.

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There are these magnificently beautiful days in late fall when it’s a great joy to be out in the garden. It might even make you anticipate next spring and summer. But before getting to that stage again, the garden needs to be prepared for a winter’s rest.

Spatiphyllum, Hedera
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International living magazines focus on living homes with lots of room for green plants. Both the modern apartments in the big cities, the mansions and the family homes- and separate houses and rustic lofts with a creative atmosphere inspire both city singles and families with children to play with nature and the indoor styling. Green plants are trendy in the interior decoration and they represent good opportunities for creating cosy green oases in the living room, kitchen and bedroom. At the same time the indoor climate is boosted. 

Winter Garden
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Planning ahead for the garden: every season enriches our existence in its own way. Those who have a garden can experience these changes particularly closely by selecting plants for their seasonal features. When establishing or renewing a garden, it’s possible to combine carefully chosen plants – with an eye for the right location – to have a continuous, year-round source of discovery and delight.