Country Sampler Holiday Homes December 2018 - - Holiday Basics -

Many dif­fer­ent types of ev­er­greens grow eas­ily in front or back yards. So when it comes to dec­o­rat­ing with fresh greens, it might be as easy as walk­ing out your door with a pair of gar­den shears and a big bas­ket. Here are some of the more pop­u­lar va­ri­eties:

BALSAM FIR — This tree has a lovely woodsy scent with dark green nee­dles.

BAY LAU­REL — With its broad, fra­grant leaves, bay lau­rels are great for dis­tinc­tive- look­ing wreaths.

BLUE SPRUCE — Not only do you get green-blue-sil­ver branches with the blue spruce but it also grows per­fectly shaped pinecones. Cut larger branches to use as minia­ture trees.

BOXWOOD — The cut branches of this shrub will last nearly forever. It makes for won­der­ful wreaths in un­tra­di­tional shapes or bases for hol­i­day top­i­aries.

CEDAR — The light green branches of the cedar turn darker brown-green in win­ter months, with sil­ver gray berries. It lays flat so it’s ideal for dress­ing a man­tel un­der­neath other decor.

HOLLY — A hardy ever­green with glossy, spiny leaves and red berries. Mix holly branches with other ev­er­greens for that in­stant Christ­mas look.

JU­NIPER — The bluish berries of­fer a nice con­trast to the green branches of this bush.

RED TWIG DOGWOOD — Now grown specif­i­cally for hol­i­day decor, this dogwood’s thin red branches grow vi­brant and tall to stand up in urns or serve as bases for sprays.

WHITE PINE — A fa­vorite of many, the long, soft, bluish nee­dles and elon­gated cones of the white pine make it a beau­ti­ful drape for vases and urns.

WINTERBERRY — When the cool weather makes the leaves fall, the or­ange and red berries re­main. They can be mixed with var­i­ous other greens, or use small pieces to ac­cent nap­kin rings or door­knobs.

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