Weekly Garden Update: December 10

Holiday Decor in the Garden

Even in a Wisconsin winter, there are still things to do in the garden. One of my favorites is creating beautiful containers of greens for the holiday season. You can go to most garden centers and find bundles of evergreens, red and white twigs, pinecones and other assorted decorations for your pots. I use a different approach. I cut everything I need from my existing landscape. By being a bit creative and resourceful, you can decorate your own holiday containers without buying a thing.

Look for the following plants in your landscape to utilize in your outdoor holiday decor.

Evergreens:

Yews, Junipers, Arborvitae, Boxwood, Pine, Cedar

Deciduous:

Redtwig Dogwood, Yellowtwig Dogwood, Birch, Winterberry, Beautyberry, Crabapple

Perennials:

Hydrangea, Lavender, Thistle, Rosemary, Sage

Lastly, the ultimate holiday treat is to grow your own Christmas tree. We started this Norway Spruce about 8 years ago with the intention to someday cut it down as our Christmas tree. That someday came this year.

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