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Using Shade Loving Perennials in Your Decor

In today’s post, I want to show you how pretty it is to bring clippings from your shade perennials indoors to brighten up your home!  


I love to bring in these pretty leaves and branches and put them in a variety of glass vases.  You could even use jars.  I’ve collected the vases I have over the years from yard sales, thrift shops, and even craft stores.  If I see a unique one,  will pick it up and add it to my collection.


I also think a it looks interesting to stagger the sizes and heights of the vases.  I can’t remember where I found this little one, but isn’t it sweet!  We all like fresh flower arrangements, but don’t overlook these mainly green beauties – they can bring life and brightness into your home!   I did this last year on my mantel and absolutely loved it – if you missed that post, you can see it HERE.

Here are the plants I used in this arrangement:

Two varieties of variagated Hosta

Green Hosta

Solomon’s Seal

Woodland Ferns

Bridal Veil

(a shrub, but still green and looks pretty)

Variagated Lace Cap Hydrangea Leaves

If you don’t have any perennials, you can use tree or shrub branches.

If you need glass containers – here are ideas for you:

Mason Jars

Used Starbuck’s drink bottles

Old cologne bottles

Saved vases from delivered flowers

and find them for cheap at:

Antique & Vintage Shops

Craft Stores

Thrift Stores

Yard Sales

Why not take a walk around your yard  this evening and find a few pretty, shade perennials and bring some inside for a fresh, summer arrangement!


Christy @ Our Southern Home

Friday 8th of May 2020

Wow! This is absolutely stunning. I love the simplicity, but grouping them together really makes them grand. Did you paint that chest? I love it!!!

Jen D.

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

What a lovely idea! I haven't given any thought to using my hosta and other leaves instead of flowers. The green is so refreshing and seems just perfect for these hot humid days.

Julie K

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

Love this! I've been doing this for years and thought I was just too cheap to buy flowers if mine were not blooming. Sometimes I head outside to cut my flowers and then stand there with a dilemma: they look so pretty on the plant should I really cut them off? That's why I started cutting greenery!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

Tuesday 12th of July 2016

What a lovely idea, Doreen...the cuttings are beautiful! So nice you got your dad mom is visiting with me for a month, and I have enjoyed the time together!


Tuesday 12th of July 2016

Doreen, Love, LOVE, L O V E bringing the "green" indoors, dear friend! I recently took a few clippings from a shrubbery and added a single tea rose in a bud vase. . .cute, cute, cute! Truly inspiration post! Fondly, Pat P.S. Great news to hear about your Dad's move!