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Nature's Best Holiday Decorating

Dress your home for the holidays with gorgeous greenery

Produced by Sally Finder Weepie

As Jack Frost nips at our noses—and our gardens and planters—landscape designers aren't settling in for a long winter's nap. The team at Mariani Landscape creates custom exterior holiday decor for many residents of Chicago and its North Shore suburbs. They also bring the outdoors in with gorgeous Christmas trees and natural greenery. Get inspired by their best ideas for the season.

1. Add polish to porches


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Create a beautiful, traditional winter display using Fraser fir garland intertwined with white lights and red bows to decorate porches and balconies. Hang a thick garland made of Fraser fir, seeded eucalyptus, and boxwood around the front door to create a festive entrance.

2. Ring in the holiday spirit


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Adorn each window with a small boxwood wreath, adding a red bow for that extra pop of color.

3. Turn containers into festive beacons


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Containers created with winterberry, noble fir, Fraser fir, seeded eucalyptus, red-twig dogwood, and boxwood further enhance the stunning entry for guests.  

4. Up your Christmas tree game


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Fraser fir trees make for impactful exterior décor, especially when adorned with winterberries, frosted pinecones, and sparkling lights.

5. Bring warmth to the winter landscape


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A combination of mixed greens with cedar garland and white lights can add a hint of whimsy to traditional holiday decor. For another twist hang a noble fir wreath with Oregonia, blue juniper, and a berry-red bow. Incorporate lighting that surrounds the evergreens and home to create a warm, inviting entrance.

6. Bring the outdoors in


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Attaching fresh mixed green garlands with lights and bows to railings and mantels brings the outdoors in! It also adds that fresh evergreen fragrance and the sparkle of the lights, creating the quintessential holiday ambience.

7. Let the beauty of nature shine


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The focal point of any home during the holiday season—a beautiful Fraser fir tree decorated with family ornaments collected throughout the years! A handmade mantel piece made of mixed greens, decorated with different sizes and colors of ornaments, lights, and ribbon, is a beautiful complement to the main act. 

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