Just before Christmas my favorite Upper East Side container garden looked like this; some planted materials on roots like the ivy, and some cut stems and boughs like the magnolia leaves. The greenery was greatly enhanced by stems of heather (or is it heath, I always mix them up).
It's such a treat to find a designer not wedded to bright red for the holidays.
Now that New Year's day has come and gone, the planting looks even more appropriate and will cheer passersby like me for months to come.
But someone couldn't resist putting cheap red velvet bows on the window wreaths at this address, and I took the pics but can't bear to show them.