Decorating your home with flowering trees, resuable items

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Our garden guru Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens has some great tips for you if you are looking to plant some trees at your home. Also how to decorate with recycling what you already have.

    Flowering Tree with Spring Pizazz

    This is the time of year that I just love when everything starts to spring forth with wonderful flowers and lush foliage. If you are considering replacing some of your damaged trees from this past winter then here are a few of my favorites. First, the ultimate spring bloomer is the Yoshino Cherry tree. I can't say enough great things about this tree. It grows about 40 feet tall and nice and wide. Unlike a Bradford Pear tree, this tree blooms along the stems and looks more oriental in shape. It is so graceful when covered in pale pink flowers. Plus, since the wood is strong, there is less chances of winter damage. Then you may want to grow the Forest Redbud tree. Unlike the native redbud, this variety blooms very dark purple flowers but it also has burgundy foliage. You get a two for one with this beauty. Last, plant a Jane Tulip Magnolia. This tree is usually multi-trunk and is covered in purple tulip shape flowers instead of the common pale pink. Plant one or all three of these trees for a spring season that is so colorful each and every year to come. 

    Space Savers

    You can bring spring indoors by reusing old spice bottles, tomato sauce jars, and for that matter any type of clean recycled jar. I prefer to leave the labels in tack. Now simply go out into your yard and cut an assortment of spring flowers and even foliage plants. If you do not have a big selection of plants in your yard, then go to your local florist and chose flowers that look as though grandma picked them from her garden. An assortment of sweet peas, forsythia, quince, tulips, daffodils, etc. will do the trick.

    Just mix-n-match the different varieties of flowers in the different size jars and arranged with the tallest glass jars in the back and the shortest ones toward the front. Your space will dictate how many jars and bottles to use.

    Just one reused jar with fresh flowers also makes for a perfect gift. This is what I bring when I go to a dinner party instead of a bottle of wine.

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