This year for the holidays, why not try to make something from whatever you have in your yard? You’d be surprised at what you can find lurking around your landscape. Many plants are beautiful this time of year and can be made into garlands, wreaths, or centerpieces with minimal effort.
If you are searching for greenery, you probably won’t have to look too far. Firs, pines, cedars, and other evergreens are fantastic for wreaths and garlands because they tend to dry out much slower than other plants. If you spray your limbs with an anti-transpirant, they will last even longer. Be wary of spraying long, soft needles though – it may make them stick together. In addition, make sure you prune wisely. Whatever changes you make to your plant now will affect its growth and appearance come spring.
Japanese Cedar – Nice and soft, these limbs are perfect for any use. They also have a pleasant pine scent.
Red Cedar – A little on the prickly side, red cedars smell wonderful and offer up pretty blue berries.
Arizona Cypress – If you are looking for something feathery with an icy blue color, this is your plant.
Arborvitae – Arborvitae is extremely popular in Northern Virginia. Try turning some branches into a beautiful wreath.
Firs – If you prefer tradition, go for a fir swag. Firs retain their needles well, so they are terrific for indoor greenery.
Holly – Consider chopping off some berry-filled branches and putting them in a vase as a beautiful Christmas centerpiece.
Junipers – If you can get past the less-than-friendly needles, the silvery-blue foliage adds beautiful contrasts to all arrangements.
Spruce – Since spruce limbs are stiff, they are best for wreaths or centerpiece accents.
White pine – These soft needles are excellent for roping both indoors and out.
Magnolia – Who doesn’t love magnolia leaves? Mix them in almost anywhere for a touch of dark green elegance.
Boxwood – Another staple of Northern Virginia, boxwood has been used in wreaths for ages. Beware of its scent, though – you’ll either love it or hate it.
Eucalyptus – The cool blue of eucalyptus serves as a great addition to any arrangement.
Adding a Punch of Color
If you want to dress up your greenery this season, there’s a good chance that you may have some berries hiding out in your yard. Be careful, though, most berries are toxic to humans and pets, so only bring them indoors if you can keep them safely out of reach. The best winter berries are found in:
- Bittersweet Vines
- Jerusalem Cherry or Winter Cherry
- Red Chokeberry
- Mixing it Up
Don’t forget about the rest of your natural bounty! Acorns, pinecones, nuts, and even bare branches can make a statement in your home. Paint them metallic golds, bronzes, and silvers for an even bigger impact. With a little bit of elbow grease and some imagination, the possibilities are endless.
Preparing for Next Year’s Harvest
If you wish that you had some holly or winterberry cuts this season – or maybe even a bunch of pinecones – call Sunrise today. We’ll help you lay out a landscape that will produce a variety of provisions for next year’s decorating. Happy trimming!
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