TO THE YARD! FINDING GREENERY RIGHT OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR
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.