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Jennifer’s Top 5 Types of Holiday Greenery

J. Morris Flowers

The holiday season is all about creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. One of the best ways to achieve this is through the use of holiday greenery. Whether you're choosing a wreath for your front door, garlands for your mantel, or fresh greenery for a holiday party, knowing the different types of holiday greenery can help you choose a look that fits your personal style and decor vision

In this blog post, we'll explore my top 5 types of holiday greenery, each with its unique characteristics and charm.


Cedar is, without a doubt, one of my favorite types of holiday greenery. Its long, lacey, and elegant branches add a touch of sophistication to any arrangement. Here's why cedar is a top choice:

  • Medium Green Color: Cedar boasts a medium green hue that adds a fresh and vibrant look to your holiday decor.

  • Versatile in Bouquets: It looks fabulous in bouquets for winter weddings, bringing a natural and rustic elegance to the ceremony.

  • Drapes Beautifully: Cedar drapes and cascades nicely, making it perfect for creating graceful and flowing arrangements.

  • Mixes Well with Other Greenery: Cedar pairs wonderfully with other greenery like Fir, allowing you to create diverse and visually appealing combinations.


If you're aiming for a more rustic farmhouse look, pine greenery is an ideal choice. It's known for its strong scent and long needles, which add a unique texture to garlands and arrangements. Here's why pine is a classic:

  • Strong Scent: Pine is notorious for its captivating scent and the presence of sticky sap, giving your home that unmistakable holiday aroma.

  • Inexpensive Option: Pine is typically an inexpensive choice compared to other greenery, making it accessible for various budgets.

  • Foraging-Friendly: In many regions, you can easily forage for pine, making it a sustainable and eco-friendly choice.


Fir, also known as Balsam, is a classic and timeless holiday greenery that evokes an old-world, traditional style. Here's what makes Fir stand out:

  • A Christmas Tree Favorite: Fir is the type of Christmas tree that many of us adore, and its cuttings can be added to a mantle for a full and lush look among your holiday decorations.

  • Longest Lasting: Among all the greenery, Fir is the longest-lasting, even when used indoors. Its branches remain fresh and fragrant throughout the holiday season.

  • Varied Colors: Fir greenery comes in various shades, ranging from green to even blue, providing an array of options for your decor.


Juniper is not just for making gin for your favorite holiday cocktail; it also makes a lovely addition to wreaths and garlands. While it's not typically used on its own, pieces of Juniper with its blue berries add an alternative to traditional red berries. Here's what you need to know about Juniper:

  • Textured Greenery: Juniper is highly textured with an earthy scent, which makes it a unique and visually interesting addition to your decor.

  • Not Just for Gin: Its juniper berries are a staple in the production of gin, but they also add a charming touch to your holiday arrangements.

  • Forage Locally: Like pine, Juniper can often be foraged in local forests near you, making it an eco-conscious choice.


Boxwood is a scented greenery that exudes a sense of formality and tradition. It's versatile both as a plant and cut greenery. Here's why Boxwood is a remarkable choice:

  • Formal Elegance: Boxwood's lush and cheery greenery always reminds me of the formal gardens of Europe, making it an ideal choice for more formal arrangements and wreaths.

  • Modern Designs: Boxwood works well in more modern designs, adding a classic touch to contemporary holiday decor.

  • Unique Scent: Boxwood has a unique and somewhat polarizing scent, so it's a matter of personal preference.

  • Lighter Green Color: Its lighter green color adds a warm and inviting touch to your holiday arrangements.

  • Grow Your Own: I suggest growing some Boxwood in your yard for cuttings, making it a sustainable and readily available option.


In the world of holiday greenery, there's no shortage of options to choose from. Each type of greenery has its unique qualities, and the decision ultimately depends on your personal style and the ambiance you want to create. Whether you prefer the elegance of cedar, the rustic charm of pine, the tradition of fir, the textural appeal of juniper, or the formal elegance of boxwood, these holiday greenery options can help you transform your space into a warm and inviting winter wonderland. 

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