hollies have red berries and green foliage that
look perfect for indoor decorations.
that were just there through the year suddenly get
important in December. Thatís when we look to our
landscape for ways to make the house look festive.
may be surprised at how much is out there that is useful
and beautiful. Evergreens with leaves that are broad and
shiny or light and feathery.
that are yellow, orange or red. Crazy looking seed pods
and woodsy pine cones. The well-stocked garden should
provide some of these things to use for winter
them to make a plain evergreen wreath of magnolia leaves
or cedar branches or a more extravagant centerpiece with
candles and ribbon for the dining room.
of our most popular evergreens such as aucuba, pine,
magnolia, ivy and cedar as well as the bright berries of
holly, pyracantha and nandina make excellent choices for
a beginner, you should start simply, perhaps by covering
a mantel or table top with short branches of pine and
magnolia leaves accented by pine cones and candles. Do
this as close to your party or Christmas as you can so
that the greenery will look its freshest then.
you have an elegant or rustic vase, consider filling it
with evergreens of varying shape, texture and color.
Then pop in stems of holly berries or nandinas. Because
the stems are in water, they will last a few weeks.
Aucuba cuttings will even start to produce roots in a
know that not all of you possess a landscape, but you
can buy greenery, including stems of holly berries, at
Christmas tree lots.
you are cutting outdoors, select the foliage carefully,
looking for the most perfect leaves. Take care too, when
cutting not to create a lopsided plant. Evergreens are
dormant now, but will spring into growth in March and
all signs of the removal will be gone. Before you bring
the foliage indoors, look over the leaves and branches
and select the cleanest ones. Wash them off with the
hose if necessary, but take extra care with hollies to
avoid knocking off the berries.