Dreaming of a Green Christmas: The Best Holiday Greenery to Decorate With!

By November 24, 2016 November 5th, 2019 Gardening Inspiration and Advice

That time of the year is here again! The lights are twinkling, the Christmas tree hunt is on, and the family gathering plans are being made. We have a wonderful selection of Christmas trees here at the Garden Centre! Stroll through the greenhouse as you view the trees that are individually hung from the ceiling and select the one that will perfectly fit with your home. They range from 4 to 12 feet tall. We carry Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, Scotch Pine and Nordmann Fir. Once selected, we will provide your tree with a fresh cut before you take it home.

shutterstock_149204627Along with the festive season comes plenty of opportunity to dress up the front of your home, door, or the centre of your table with Christmas greenery that’s sure to create show-stopping appeal. Royal City Nursery is here to create gorgeous, custom wreaths, garlands, centrepieces, and planters and we are also happy to offer professional, custom decorating for your home. Make sure your home is ready to welcome guests and make an impression this holiday season!

If you want to create your own Christmas masterpieces, it all begins with choosing the right materials. Wondering what some of the most beautiful Christmas greens are to decorate with? Or which ones will give the best texture and height? Or perhaps you’re looking for the choice to give you that Christmas-y pop of colour? We’ve compiled this list of some of the best greens and stems to decorate with for the holiday season:

Ontario Cedar

Cedar is one of the best choices to fill out your planters or weave into your wreaths and centrepieces with! You can’t go wrong choosing cedar.

Noble Fir and Silver Fir

Another excellent container filler! Noble fir has great needle retention, and a wonderful grey-green colour. Use it in indoor and outdoor arrangements. Their stiff nature makes them great for use in wreaths and other door swag decorations. Silver fir also has great needle retention and delights viewers with it beautiful green and silver lining. The lovely aroma of the fir branches will bring winter delights wherever you place it!

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An enduring favourite for many decorators, White Pine is a soft-needled choice with a weepy effect. It offers unmatched texture and is great for use in large of small arrangements. With its longer needle, it accents shorter-needled greenery branches very well, and adds unique texture to any arrangement.


A unique piece to add to any arrangement with versatile possibility, Juniper delights many decorators with its blue berries and silvery green foliage. Juniper catches the eye and brings a subtle yet charming wintery blue colour.


A popular choice for many decorators, their short needles and stiff branches make it particularly useful for wreath making and Blue Spruce adds a wonderful element with its wintry blue colour. While Spruce does not have the same needle retention as firs or pine, it is still a great choice for your arrangements.shutterstock_518425282


These branches offer great, full-leaved texture. Their glossy and deep green colour help fill out an arrangement and offset the needles of other Christmas greens. Their brown back helps bring fresh colour and earthy blends to any piece. They’re a great choice for centrepieces, creating simple contrast and holding their colour and texture remarkably well, even without water.


Find the perfect match for any cedar or pine greenery in Oregonia. It works well in garlands, wreaths, and containers and accents and also complements magnolia leaves well. It creates smooth transition between needles and magnolia leaves in any display.


Would any Christmas decorating be complete without holly? The red berries make it synonymous with Christmas colour and its leaves offer great character and match well with both lighter and darker greens within any arrangement.


Eucalyptus adds elegance to any arrangement. With its blueish-green stems and draping seeds, it offers unmatched texture and softens a container’s overall look. Eucalyptus branches are available in natural silver blue.


The small leaves on Boxwood stems make it a great choice for both indoor or outdoor arrangements. They have a glossy texture and can be used as a solo green in wreaths or can be mixed up with other ones in containers and centrepieces.


All the rage these days are those rustic touches. Birch branches add the perfect element to any holiday containers, bringing height and unique texture to the pot, as well as a gorgeous white colour. The perfect addition to any Christmas container, it’ll be sure to help create that ‘wow’ factor.

Curly Willow

Add a touch of whimsy to your pot with curly willow branches. They have unparalleled shape and character and blend in with any arrangements.


Add an extra touch of colour with red dogwood branches. They bring Christmas colour to your pot and also offer adjustable height to work with each arrangement.

All of this and more is waiting for you at Royal City Nursery! Don’t forget the added pieces like pinecones, burlap, and Christmas balls. Add a bit of sparkle with Christmas sprays and ribbon. We also offer a great lineup of Christmas workshops to teach you how to make your own works of art. Check out our workshop series here.shutterstock_498378706

Tip: Keep your arrangements fresh by keeping them in water until you use them. Use a desiccant spray, such as Wilt-Pruf, to help the greens stay fresh and prevent drying out. As much as possible, try to keep your arrangements out of direct sunlight or near a heat source. This will help keep your displays looking their best all season long!