The right seasonal foliage sets the tone for your celebrations. These simple ideas can be done in less time than it takes to hang the stockings on the chimney with care.
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Deck the halls this Christmas with fresh greenery. These eight types of boughs are readily available at local garden centers and are even easier to arrange around your home. Steal these simple and sparkly ideas for dressing up your home for the holidays.

Eucalyptus

Silver dollar eucalyptus is a fragrant choice that looks more modern than fir or cedar.

Best for: Eucalyptus is best for flower arrangements, because it has a long life when kept in a vase of water. Here, we hung a eucalyptus garland taut across the fireplace with florist wire and hooks to prevent any drooping (conceal the hooks with pretty greenery), and we spruced up cream stockings with sprigs of seeded eucalyptus. It works well in wreaths too.

Cedar

The natural oils and striking edges help give cedar branches staying power.

Best for: Just about anything, anywhere you decide to put it. Cedar's dramatic draping effect is stunning, and it smells lovely.

Boxwood garland
Credit: Photography: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Matthew Gleason

Boxwood

Forest green leaves and a compact form make it a favorite. Boxwood can easily last throughout the season.

Best for: Framing staircases, entries, and more. It always brings elegance to a room.

Juniper garland
Credit: Photography: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Page Mullins

Juniper

Get fragrance, beautiful blue berries, and hardy greenery all in one.

Best for: Both inside and out. Wear gloves when you work with it because it can have prickly foliage, but the scent is totally worth it.

Olive branch garland
Credit: Photography: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Page Mullins

Olive Branch

Try it for the pretty curled look that its leaves develop as it dries. (Keep in mind that it will dry out more quickly than other evergreens.)

Best for: Indoors and outside. The curling foliage will create a loose, interesting effect.

Noble Fir greenery
Credit: Photography: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Matthew Gleason

Noble Fir

The boughs of this evergreen deliver beautiful detail anywhere you use them.

Best for: Table arrangements, mailbox decor, and swags for sconces and front doors. It's gorgeous and versatile.

Pine garland
Credit: Photography: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Page Mullins

Pine

Lay a wispy length of pine as a green runner on your tabletop, and nestle vibrant vintage ornaments in its branches. Guests can see each other and talk easily over this garland centerpiece.

Best for: Table arrangements, framing staircases and entries, or used in wreaths.

Magnolia garland
Credit: Photography: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Magnolia

Magnolia's alternating brown and green leaves bring an earthy, natural palette to holiday decorating. If stored in a cool, dry place, magnolia garland can last up to four years. 

Best for: Just about anything. Frame mantles, staircases, and entries; make a wreath; or use in table arrangements.