Bridge the Growing Seasons with Real Greenery

Plant evergreens in your landscape to harvest for all-winter cheer and create beautiful wreaths for all-year cheer.

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Though some elements of winter encourage comfort and happiness, the dormant season still brings its share of problems. Cold weather kills more people annually than extreme heat, and it provides ideal conditions for colds and flu. For those far north of the equator, brief days incite seasonal affective disorder. Finally, excess carbon dioxide floods the atmosphere after deciduous plants drop their leaves.

Happily, studies suggest that cheer and optimism lower the risk of winter illness. One of the most time-tested hacks for embracing winter requires lots of evergreens — transforming the indoors into a garden-like stage for celebration, a tradition seen in both past and present cultures around the world. The ancient and widespread practice of turning spaces into greenery spas demonstrates the therapeutic power of plants, scents, and folk art.

When to Bring Greenery Indoors

Evergreens star in winter decor, but they can also support cut flowers all year. Sprigs of Thuja may last a month and a half in a vase, serving as a pre-made foundation for six changes of fresh flowers.

Make evergreens progressively more prominent in vase arrangements as fall leaf color fades. They should become the focus in late November, or when hard frosts cut off the last garden blooms, and they can be enjoyed all winter.

If leaving holiday-specific greenery up until spring flowers appear seems stifling, taper it back to subtler table and desk arrangements. Let the greenery take a supporting role again when daffodils and hyacinths begin to bloom.

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