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.