Holiday Greens From The Backyard

Dec 14, 2016 | Gardens, Projects/Crafts

If you have diverse plantings in your landscape it’s likely that you have all the greens you need for creating lovely, fresh holiday decorations. Today I went out and spent ten minutes cutting greens from various evergreen shrubs and trees and I had enough to make a large “tree” in floral foam, a door swag and a table arrangement of greens.

Here are the many colors and textures I came into the house with after cutting three to five branches from assorted evergreen plants in my yard.

Here are the many colors and textures I came into the house with after cutting three to five branches from assorted evergreen plants in my yard. In the foreground, moving from left to right, are male Skimmia, Vanderwolf pine, Cryptomeria, and Gold Thread Chamaecyparis.  I also picked ‘Scallywag’ holly, variegated boxwood, Japanese holly, arborvitae, juniper and Osmanthus foliage.

The beauty of cutting greens from your landscape is that most of the time you can find such a variety of looks that it makes designing easy.

I made a mixed greens tree in Oasis in the same manner that boxwood trees are created. I was especially pleased with the Rhododendron bud used at the top of the tree.

I made a mixed greens tree in Oasis in the same manner that boxwood trees are created. I was especially pleased with the Rhododendron bud used at the top of the tree.

You can find step-by-step instructions for creating a mixed-greens tree here.

With the leftover greens after making the tree I did up a table arrangement and a swag.

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I used a primitive tin and wood fish on this swag to accentuate the by-the-water theme on my front porch.

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