We all know the beauty that African violets, or Saintpaulia ionantha, bring to a window garden, but have you considered their value for Christmas centerpieces and mantel displays? The picture above (click to enlarge) shows a “tower” of African violets that I crafted from various silver objects: a round tray, an inverted vase, a wine holder and a pierced basket. Holly, ivy, and fresh fruit give the assembly a festive appearance. But the piece de resistance is the collection of luscious, deep-purple African violets which surround the arrangement’s base and adorn its crown. This arrangement graced my dining table one year. It also received a glossy spread in African Violet Magazine. Read on, and I’ll show you other holiday-displays that you can easily make with the world’s favorite houseplant:
In a setting of wild, red rosehips and sprays of yew and pine, a pale-blue African violet makes a shimmering presence on the left end of the dining room mantel (above), while ‘Happy Trails,’ a pink, trailing variety (below), creates balance on the right.
Why limit your Christmas flowers to such temporary delights as red poinsettias? African violets shimmer not only during the holidays, but year ’round, too!
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