Go for Fragrant Greenery

Using fresh greenery to decorate for the holidays is hardly a new idea. But which one you choose can be. Bay laurel and cedar branches impart wonderful, spicy, pungent scents and are a fresh take on traditional pine.

Spruce up any type of fresh greenery with embellishments like ornaments, colorful ribbons, pine cones, and berries, suggests Shannon Henshaw, owner of Poet's Garden, a home and garden gift shop in Albany, Oregon.

Pomegranate and pepper berries, bay laurel and lemon leaves, cut boxwood or clusters of berries nestled in fir, and seeded eucalyptus leaves will awaken the senses of those who come to your door.

If you choose to use fresh pine sprays, bring the greenery inside; wrap it around banisters, door frames, mirrors and even your dining room table. Spruce up picture frames and vases for the holidays by attaching bundles of any type of greenery sprigs tied with bright ribbon.

"Almost every room should have a tree, suggests LaMonte, who likes to fill her home with Norway spruces and topiaries. "It doesn't matter what size it is." Simply decorate them with ornaments and ribbons.