When December rolls around, wouldn't it be great to step outside your door to find Christmas decorations? Consider incorporating these beauties into your garden and your holiday arrangements.
The bold berries of Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) are
an asset to holiday decorating.
Red twig dogwood's (Cornus alba)
pretty red stems make a
great accent against holiday greens.
Ivy (Hedera helix) is a
versatile and easy decorating element.
While not as long lasting as evergreen branches,
ivy adds an elegant touch
wound into a wreath,
draped along the center of a table or on a mantle.
Boxwood (Buxus) is a classic broadleaf evergreen and is
ideal for Christmas decorating.While beautiful, it's a slow grower, so young plants and dwarf varieties won't have much foliage to spare.
Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) and Inkberry (Ilex glabra)
have similar evergreen foliage.
There are many well known needled evergreens.
Leyland cypress (x Cypressocyparis leylandii)
has gentle fern like foliage.
They are a stately tree which can reach an ultimate height of 60-70 feet or more.
Don't forget holly (Ilex meserveae and Ilex opaca),
but be sure to plant one male plant
so the females produce berries.
The glossy rosy leaves of Japanese Pieris (Pieris japonica)
add an original touch to
this evergreen arrangement at Hershey Gardens.
Take a look around your garden for plants to include in your Christmas decorating!