Holiday Guide to Greenery

Greenery is one of the easiest ways to decorate for the holidays.  We see it frequently in wreaths and garlands.    Here is a guide to common greenery.



Eucalyptus: This is seeded eucalyptus which has more oval leaves and small green seeds.  It makes pretty garlands, wreaths, and filler.  You can also use other types of eucalyptus such as silver dollar.

Cypress:  This evergreen has long branches that drape making it very pretty in arrangements or a wreath.

Cedar/Juniper:  These branches are smaller and fuller.  The are great for filler in vases and arrangements.

Boxwood: This simple stem has dark green leaves.  It is nice for accents, wreaths, and garlands.

Other (not shown):  Holly, Pine, and Magnolia are other common greens that are very beautiful during the holidays.

When it comes to greenery, you can usually buy small bunches at the grocery store.  You may also have a bulk florist nearby to get large amounts.  However, I have frequently taken my clippers outside and pruned some of the trees and shrubs on our property.


Putting greenery together for a table centerpiece is easy:


  • Start with the large pieces, in this case the cypress.  Then add fuller pieces, such as cedar or pine.  
  • Then, add candles, vases, or containers filled with cranberries, etc
  • Use the eucalyptus and boxwood for accents around the focal points. 

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