December in the garden

Mixed greenery for decorations can come from boughs cut in your own garden. (Photo by Joanne Young)

Cutting your own boughs for holiday decorations

Judith Adam

For tabletop and mantel decorations from evergreen branches, your garden can provide boughs of cedar, boxwood, fir, juniper, hemlock and spruce.

Beautiful holiday container with berries, greens, pods and curly branches. (Garden Making photo)

Designing a beautiful winter container

Beckie Fox

Designing a beautiful winter container is more about artfully arranging cut branches than growing colourful plants in your outdoor planter.

Hyacinths growing in glass vases with water. (Photo by Jodi DeLong)

Forcing bulbs and dreaming of spring

Jodi DeLong

If you still have some bulbs to plant, try growing them in containers indoors. Forcing bulbs provides mid-winter blooms.

A layered look for winter, using branches of red-twig dogwood, southern magnolia and huckleberry. Boxwood would be a good substitute for the huckleberry. The container is viewed only from the front. (Garden Making photo)

Make your own winter arrangements

Beckie Fox

Winter containers use branches from shrubs and trees to add colour and texture for winter arrangements that will last until spring.

One of the wreaths at Hilary’s studio, waiting for some finishing touches.

Decking the halls with greenery

Kat Fox

Tips on decorating with greenery from Hilary Bellis. Bring fresh greenery and branches into your home to use in vases, garlands and wreaths.

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