Filling your home with fresh, fragrant, colorful greenery is never easier than when you can head out to the yard and clip what you need.
Why not think ahead and plant shrubs such as cedar, holly, pine, boxwood, and spruce whose foliage adds an organic sensibility and often a natural scent to the home. Greenery gathered from your own garden will be far fresher than any you can buy, and the variety will likely exceed what you can find at a market. FYI–pines, firs, boxwoods, and cedars are good for indoor decoration as they dry out more slowly; Hemlocks, spruces, and most broadleaf evergreens will last longer if used outdoors.
Below are some suggested varieties to use in holiday decorating.
When gathering live greenery from your shrubs and trees, remember that you are actually pruning the plants. Consider carefully which branches to cut and which ones to leave. You don’t want to end up with bald spots! Distribute the cuts evenly around the plant in order to preserve its natural form.
WHO, WHAT, WHY
Golden Mop Threadleaf False Cypress: Ground hugging little conifer that loves full sun. The golden color adds a midas touch to wreaths and garlands. Zone: 4 – 8
Majestic Beauty® Japanese Black Pine: Fast growing conifer with super dark green foliage. Bunches of needles look amazing in an evergreen runner. Zone: 5 – 9
Colorado Blue Spruce: Rigid tiered branches densely covered with stiff gray-blue needles. Good for wreaths, really good just in a vase. Zone: 2 – 8
Little Gem Dwarf Southern Magnolia: Smaller in scale than other Southern magnolias but with same fragrant blooms. Makes a seriously elegant garland. Zone: 7 – 9
Emerald Isle® Leyland Cypress: Tall and narrow, perfect tall screen. Soft texture makes for one of the best conifers for a mixed evergreen wreath. Zone: 5 – 9
Whipcord Western Red Cedar: Whimsical-yet-stately to plant in mass. Let branches spill over the sides of a vase of red roses for an unforgettable show. Zone: 5 – 7
Castle Spire® Blue Holly: Every garden needs a holly for its year-round good looks. Wreaths, trimming packages, napkin rings. You get the idea! Zone: 5 – 7
AND A FEW "WHO KNEW" CHOICES!