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Deck the Boughs: Dress Up Evergreens for the Holidays

Turn container-grown conifers and trimmings into bountiful outdoor arrangements with materials harvested from the local trees and shrubs.
  • Photography by Kevin Miyazaki

    Red-Spiked Evergreen Mix

    Spikes of cardinal dogwood brighten Fraser fir, white pine, Scotch pine, winterberry holly, dyed eucalyptus, and caspia. Containers needn’t stick to a red-and-green color scheme. For different combos, try birch branches, corkscrew willow, yellow dogwood, bittersweet, goldenrod, dried ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum, tree bark, and lichen.

    Date Published: November 14, 2016
    Date Updated: November 14, 2016
  • Photography by Kevin Miyazaki

    Welcoming Winter Wall Container

    A wire wall container, lined with moss and filled with floral foam, happily overflows with Fraser fir, burgundy-dyed eucalyptus, purple caspia, winterberry holly, and poppy pods.

    Date Published: November 14, 2016
    Date Updated: November 14, 2016
  • Photography by Kevin Miyazaki

    Wheelbarrow of Boughs

    This vintage wheelbarrow holds annual flowers during the summer. When temperatures fall, it gets a wintry update with branches of noble fir, Port Orford cedar, dried eucalyptus, and winterberry holly. Though howling winds, ice, and snow are formidable enemies, many arrangements can last all winter. To prevent containers from cracking as temperatures fluctuate, insert arrangements in plastic liner pots 1-inch smaller than your container.

    Date Published: November 14, 2016
    Date Updated: November 14, 2016
  • Photography by Kevin Miyazaki

    Elegant Winter Urn Planter

    Spruce and cedar branches tucked in wet floral foam are accented with caspia (Limonium latifolium) and pinecones wired to wood picks. Pack tightly so you can periodically remove branches past their prime and still have a full arrangement all season.

    Date Published: November 14, 2016
    Date Updated: November 14, 2016
  • Photography by Kevin Miyazaki

    Festive Outdoor Evergreen

    Make a potted (or cut) Fraser fir merry with dried artichokes and pear gourds, dyed eucalyptus, caspia, astilbe seedpods, dried hydrangea blooms, and a pinecone garland. To attract and feed winter-hungry birds, try adding a few decorations made of birdseed or dried fruit.

    Date Published: November 14, 2016
    Date Updated: November 14, 2016
  • Photography by Kevin Miyazaki

    Southern Textures Outdoor Arrangement

    Textures abound from spruce, silver fir, Port Orford cedar, juniper, and ‘Stoneham gold’ cedar branches accented by orange-hue eucalyptus, caspia, and Southern magnolia leaves. 

    Date Published: November 14, 2016
    Date Updated: November 14, 2016
  • Photography by Kevin Miyazaki

    Colorful Outdoor Winter Arrangement

    This multihued arrangement sings with gold and orange accents. Rose hips, yellow dogwood branches, dried astilbe, goldenrod, and bittersweet combine with Fraser fir, juniper, and ‘Stoneham Gold’ cedar branches. Mist berries beforehand with a commercially available wax spray (check with your local florist) to lock in moisture and keep them on their branches throughout the season. Use water-soaked floral foam to keep stems hydrated.

    Date Published: November 14, 2016
    Date Updated: November 14, 2016

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