At A Glance: Evergreen Branches

concolor-fir.jpgconcolor fir, and coned spruce branches

coned-spruce-boughs.jpgconed spruce boughs

German-boxwood.jpgGerman boxwood in a 25 pound case

long-needled-pine.jpgLong needled pine

Magnolia-grandiflora.jpgmagnolia grandiflora

incense-cedar.jpgincense cedar

English-variegated-boxwood.jpgEnglish variegated boxwood

silver-fir-boughs.jpgSilver fir

small-leaved-magnolia wreath.jpgLittle leaved magnolia wreath

30-inch-tall-Brown-Bracken-magnolia-stems.jpg30″ tall Little leaved magnolia bunches

Port-Orford-cedar-branches.jpgPort Orford cedar

white-pine.jpgwhite pine, and coned spruce

Douglas-fir.jpgDouglas Fir

berried-juniper.jpgberried juniper

evergreen-boughs.jpgI would guess that I prune the evergreens in my yard back 6 inches in the spring.  A long and wild stem on a yew, I may prune back 16 inches. Do I prune in November?  Never.  But there are those farmers out there that grow evergreens with the idea to cut for the holiday season. Long trimmings grace no end of winter pots and garlands.   Our premium greens come 25 pounds to a case.  Each bough averages 18 inches in length.  We appreciate an emphasis on long and green for our  winter and holiday projects.  Greens of lesser quality are more about the woody trimmings, than the greens.

Florists greens are really short.  A centerpiece on a table needs much less in the way of length and volume than a winter container.  My advice- go for the long boughs.  I am appreciative of how many materials are available to me.  Any creative expression friendly to the garden begins and ends with what nature provides.   The evergreen boughs that will bring your holiday to life are brought to you by the farming community.  Do what you can to support them.


  1. I always buy an evergreen wreath from my nephew who is a Scout. This year we did some Nov. pruning and it was great to be able to fill out the wreath with an assortment of greens. Reading this and your other recent posts, I continue to be so impressed with your ideas and your staff. And I wish I lived close enough to be able to take advantage of all your wonderful offerings.

  2. Is there a better study in texture and hue than what you’ve presented here? I doubt it! I love them all, particularly some of the wispy cedars but my favorite of your designs are those that feature the structured, puffy look of blue spruce (at least that’s what I think it is.) I can hardly wait to see more of your designs for this year.

  3. Thank-you Deborah for your blog.. I learn so much and reinforce things that I already know.

  4. Thank you for your blog. I learn so much and reinforce things . pruning and it was great to be able to fill out the wreath with an assortment of greens.

Leave a Comment