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Seasonal Decorating Using Southern Flora

Craft arrangements and displays with native cuttings from your own garden

Southeastern natives such as red-twig dogwood and yaupon holly are perfect for making a seasonal wreath. Photo: Andy Pulte

Much of the fresh greenery sold for decorating at this time of year in the South is shipped in from colder climates. Firs (Abies spp. and cvs., Zones 3–8) and spruces (Picea spp. and cvs., Zones 3–8) that would faint in our summers dominate the selection. Gardeners who easily look to their high summer gardens for fresh bouquets may not be prepared to forage in their landscape for winter-themed decor. If you want to become a greenery locavore, you need to have plants in your landscape to choose from when it’s time to decorate. Arrangements made of native plants might be just what you are looking for this year.

‘Grey Owl’ red cedar
The bluish-gray berries (actually cones) of ‘Grey Owl’ red cedar make it a favorite. Photo: Kristin Green

Not Too Late to Plant Now

Broadleaf evergreens and conifers are often the first thing to come to mind when we think about Southern greenery.…

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