Fluffy white azaleas and hydrangeas piled in containers resemble snowballs. Forced into flower for the holidays, both plants are sold at nurseries, garden centers, and grocery stores, usually in 6-inch containers (www.hanabayflowers.com for store locations). Lightweight fiberglass-clay planters, 16 and 20 in. wide; from $69; www.smithandhawken.com or 800/981-9888.
fills three glazed ivory pots. To finish the frosty look, we covered the potting soil around each plant with glacial blue tumbled glass. Display the pots in full sun, on entry steps or on a patio table. Water regularly. Plommon pot, 5½ in. tall and wide; $3; www.ikea.com
Given regular water, these plants can last several weeks in mild climates. Paperwhites, with perfumed flowers, bloom over a two-week period. Grow the plants in a bright, cool area (in cold-winter climates, display indoors). Sunset climate zones 5-24.