Indoor Decorating with Greenery

Using greenery to decorate your home with for the holidays is a tradition that dates back to ancient times. People would bring evergreens into their homes to celebrate the winter solstice and the coming of longer days. Although our traditions have changed throughout the years, the practice of bringing greenery into our homes is still popular. It’s a great way to add colour and it’s easy to do! Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Christmas Trees

This is the most obvious way to bring some green into your home during the holidays. See the section on Choosing a Christmas Tree for suggestions on picking the right one.

Pines, Firs, and Cedars

These are great for decorating indoors because they dry slowly and retain their needles well in warm indoor temperatures. Hemlocks and Spruce last better if used outdoors.

Try using boughs of these for swags above doors, wreaths on doors, or garlands along rails. You can prune to the desired size and shape as needed. You can easily secure pieces together using lengths of florist wire.

Greenery that you harvest yourself off of your property should last longer than greenery that you purchase. This is because it is going to be the freshest possible. When gathering remember that it is a type of pruning, so be careful where you cut. Cut stems that will not affect the overall shape of your tree or shrub. Choose and cut from all around the plant and not just on one side. If you don’t want to take from your yard, be sure to visit our garden centre to see what is available.

Other Greens

Evergreens are not the only ways to add some greenery to your home. Some other popular plants to experiment with are:

  • Magnolia-dark glossy leaves that go well with items that are not delicate
  • Boxwood-fine textured shrub whose smell can either be loved or hated. Make sure you know how you feel about it before bringing it in your home
  • Holly-the most traditional greenery item used to decorate.
  • Ivy-plant that is easy to grow indoors. If the vine is cut it must be kept in water.
  • Rosemary-sprigs of this herb can bring a lovely scent to your home. Try soaking some in water and twisting into a wreath.

Natural Add-ons

There are many items that you may find in your yard that can be used to enhance your greenery. Mix and match several to find the look that is right for you:

  • Pine cones of all shapes and sizes
  • Branches, especially those that add colour, such as Red Dogwood, Red Willow, or birch
  • Berries that have dried on the branch
  • Dried Hydrangea stalks
  • Sedum flowers
  • Rose hips
  • Nuts left in their shells

Additional Items

To complete your decorations, you may wish to add a few finishing touches. Consider adding a few of the following to give them a finished look:

  • Christmas lights
  • Christmas balls
  • Bells
  • Garland
  • Tinsel

Don’t stop at these suggestions- be creative to see what works best for you in your home and remember to have fun!

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