15 Fresh Greens for Holiday Decorating

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The week after Thanksgiving is a rush to get our clients homes decorated for the holiday season. Even though the week is busy, we look forward to flexing our festive creative muscles. I shared photos of a few projects on instagram throughout the week (NickMccland),if you want a preview. There were questions about the types of greens we used and thought I would share a list of all the different types of fresh greenery we use as a info graphic for quick reference. These are the greens that work well in Ohio’s December climate or we use only indoor (such as pepperberry). There are infinite combinations you could make with these greens, highlighted with ribbon, ornaments, pinecones and branches.


15 Fresh Greens for Holiday Decorating Containers, Wreaths or Garlands from Thinking Outside the boxwood



One of our favorite tricks is using a variety of these fresh greens tucked in a standard Frasier Fir wreath or graland. The fir provides a dense base for tucking in other greens for distinctive texture and color. You can purchase greens from florists or take clippings from your own backyard. The dense fir wreath will hold the green’s branches with in the existing wiring, or use paddle wire to secure to the frame. This trick provides you with a nice fresh wreath, that is unique to only your home without the custom made cost or time.





Summer recap posts


I have neglected the blog this summer, but now I am back to an almost normal schedule will start this week with all the posts I should have shared before. Here is a list of the items to come this week and planned at least two/three every following week.


My personal garden. Friday was the last day of moving out of our home. We sold in July and are in temporary conditions that is allowing us to build our dream house over the next year or two (being realistic here). It is really sad to leave our first home and all the memories. We loved our home and the outdoor entertaining space which I never formally shared waiting for it to be “finished,” which was never going to happen.


Vancouver with the PPA. In July I went to the Perennial Plant Association symposium in Vancouver. While I was there I caught up with some old friends, met some inspiring new friends and toured great gardens. My camera is loaded with photos from both PPA gardens and personal tours. I was also extremely honored to receive the Young Professional Award… I was truly honored the get this award from my peers!


Quick Trip to Detroit with APLD. In August I made a quick trip up to Detroit with the APLD to do one of the tour days. I was not able to make it for the full conference, but we had a great time touring and catching up with Deborah and Rob from Detroit Garden Works. I was also able to share the Kresge Foundation with my co-workers.


Client Work. This summer we have not any one major project, but have been lucky to work on lots of different designs and installs. The wet summer has been completely different from last year when we were managing irrigation systems to ensure healthy plants. This summer we are playing catch up getting in the gardens between the rain.


After next week. My desk is covered in magazine clippings and flagged pins to share for get the looks, designer bios and plant IDs to share. I cannot believe that summer is winding down, somehow i feel like I missed it. I look forward to sharing all once again.

Inspiration: Interruptive Paving


I am in the process of redesigning the grill and dining area at our offices in between other work projects. Immediately surrounding our offices we have 5 acres of gardens that have been designed and installed over the past ten years. The grill area was on of the first areas installed and most heavily used, making it prime for a redesign. With this project we are able to improve on how we use the area and enhance the flow and features that are working well, and fix the problem areas. I will share the whole project once I am done with the design, but in the mean time will share some of the plants and elements inspiring me as I design.


Interruptive Paving is something I saw a lot while I was touring gardens in Belgium and is often used in large gardens when combing two different areas to blend the paving or hard surfaces. Different from when one paving element borders another, interruptive paving will intercept and break the paving elements, and help direct the eye or blend areas. It follows the more is more in paving and allows you to incorporate multiple paving elements and pattern in one area. Since our offices are a place to share design ideas with clients and test how surfaces will weather in Central Ohio, this is a great design style to play with.

My Pin here, and Original here. (I cannot identify the designer yet, but will continue to search out on Houzz)


My Pin Here, Original Here.


The Garden of Visceral Serenity by Yoji Sasaki

My Pin Here, Original from Here.


Future Gardens, St. Albans 2009

Designer: Andy Sturgeon, My Pin here, Original Here


Design by Bierbaum, granite cobblestones

My Pin here, Original here.


Designer – RH Factor Landscape Design, Houston TX.

My pin here, Original here.


Design by Joel Sanders Architect

My Pin here, Original here.


Designer – Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architects, Vermont

My pin here, Original Here.