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Crafting Winter’s Beauty: A Guide to Fresh Cut Greens

Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or just discovering your crafty side, we have a sneak peek of all that is in store to create your own welcoming wreaths and porch pots, showstopping centerpieces, and one-of-a-kind nature inspired holiday décor. From fragrant pine, cedar and spruce to decorative berries, pine cones, branches and embellishments, you are sure to find some festive inspiration in store.

TYPES OF GREENS

Designing containers using fresh cut greens follows the same proven recipe of the thriller, spiller and filler. We offer a wide selection of fresh-cut greens in bundles and by the bough. For swags and smaller arrangements, we offer mixed bundles of smaller branches. We also stock mantel and tabletop centerpieces, several varieties of wreaths, and garland by the foot that can be embellished to match your décor style.

SPRUCE TOPS

Use these small, cut trees to add height to your porch pots. Available in 3 sizes.

FRASER FIR

Structural evergreen branches with dark green, shorter, flat needles that whorl around their branches. 2-3 branches make a great base for porch pots. Known for excellent needle retention.

SILVER FIR

These evergreen branches with silvery white needles make a great base for porch pots.

BLUE SPRUCE

The silvery-blue needles and classic evergreen smell make these a great choice for the base of your porch pots.

WHITE PINE

Filler branches with soft, flexible, green needles. Adds a soft texture to your porch pots and arrangements.

RED PINE

Similar to white pine but with thicker branches. Great filler branches that add a soft texture to your porch pots and arrangements.

LEYLAND CEDAR

Flat sprays of lush, vibrant. upright stems of green foliage make an excellent filler.

PORT ORFORD CEDAR

Filler or spiller. Flat splayed branches of feathery soft blue-green foliage.

VARIEGATED CEDAR

Filler or spiller. Colors ranging from green to creamy golden-yellow in a whimsical pattern with flat, splayed branches.

BLUE CONED CEDAR

New for 2023. Filler or spiller. Brilliant bright green foliage on flat splayed branches.

INCENSE CEDAR

Accent filler or spiller. Fragrant branches of feathery green foliage tipped with tiny, yellow cones.

GOLD TIPPED CEDAR

New for 2023. Accent filler or spiller. Vibrant green foliage with distinct golden-yellow tips add a touch of brightness against the green scale-like needles.

BLUE BERRIED CEDAR

Accent filler of dense, blue-green needles with clusters of small, blue berries on each branch.

CAROLINA SAPPHIRE

Accent filler of lacy, silvery blue foliage covered branches.

MING PINE

New for 2023. Accent filler of densely covered branches with clusters of short, stiff needles.

GERMAN BOXWOOD

Accent filler of broadleaf evergreen branches with round, shiny green leaves.

ENGLISH VARIEGATED BOXWOOD

Accent filler of broadleaf evergreen branches covered in dark green leaves edged with a light, yellow colored border.

OREGONIA

Filler of broadleaf evergreen branches that are variegated green with cream edges, oval leaves, similar to boxwood.

RED HUCKLEBERRY

Adorned with deep purple berries these small dark, shiny green leaves turn a beautiful bright red in winter. Use as an accent filler in your porch pots, wreaths or holiday arrangements.

NATURAL AND SPARKLY ACCENTS

Adorn your porch pots, wreaths and holiday décor to match your style with our huge selction of accents in our holiday shop.

MAGNOLIA LEAVES

Shiny green on the front and soft, fuzzy reddish-brown on the back, these leaves add two textures to your porch pot.

EUCALYPTUS

So many shapes, textures, and colors. Podded Silver Bells add stems of small blue-ish pods. Baby Blue, Washed Green and Washed Red adds an interesting texture with its small leaves spiraling around stems. Silver Dollar big, round, light blue-green leaves add elegance. Seeded Gold, Green and Red bring pops of color and texture.

NATURAL & ARTIFICAL BERRIES

Add color with real and artificial berries, including Pepperberries, Winterberries and Sola Berries.

NATURAL BRANCHES

Red Twig Dogwood, Cardinal Dogwood, Yellow Twig Dogwood, Flame Willow, Curly Willow and Pussywillow branches all have their own appeal to add height and style to your porch pots. 

GLITTER & PAINTED BRANCHES

Bright colors and shiny glitter make a great addition to any porch pot.

PINECONES

Group together in odd numbers to use as a focal point in the front of your container or space evenly around in thirds for an all-around look. Available in natural, painted, and glitter finishes

ORNAMENT BALLS

Add some bling to your focal point. Available in a variety of sizes.

MUSHROOMS

A great focal point in your porch pots.

BIRCH POLES

A classic accent to add height to your porch pots. Available in lengths from 3 feet up to 6 feet. We also have a pre-cut trio of birch poles at the perfect heights to get you started.

NEW & UNUSUAL

Lemon Leaf (center), Snowball Sticks (left), and Copper Badam Pods (bottom right) are some new and exciting finds this year. We’re loving all of these to add focal points and accents to your porch pots and wreaths.

RIBBON & BOWS

A great finishing touch. We have all sorts of colors, styles, and patterns available in both ribbon and pre-made bows.

NO TIME TO DIY?

Grab one of our exclusive ready-made porch pots, wreaths and arrangements, or put in your request for a custom order with our designers. Stop in or call (Aurora: 630-820-8088; Naperville: 630-355-4000) to get your requests in before the holiday rush.

MAKE & TAKE: HOLIDAY PORCH POT OR WREATH

Aurora // November 25 & December 2

11am & 2pm // $85 // Registration Required

Create a beautiful holiday porch pot or wreath for your porch, patio or step! Our designers will guide you step-by-step in creating your very own design. No experience necessary. All materials included. You bring snippers/pruners and gloves. Registration required. Space is limited.

Register for November 25, 11am workshop

Register for November 25, 2pm workshop

Register for December 2, 11am workshop

Register for December 2, 2pm workshop