We love embellishing simple evergreen wreaths and holiday containers with homegrown berries, dried flowers, grasses, pinecones and evergreen herbs. This year we used dried hydrangeas, ‘Winter Red’ winterberries, dried sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ flower heads, found pinecones from our white pine and the neighbor’s Austrian pine (which were, of course, on our property), seed heads from switch grass and lavender leaves.
In the front door containers, we used some lovely curly willow from Red Twig Farms, a specialty flower grower just down the road. Large dried hydrangeas and evergreens complete this minimalist look. In years past we have used cut branches from our own red twig dogwoods but we removed those plants years ago. Red and yellow twig dogwood and a variety of willows are on my list to grow again. Walk around your garden with an eye to snip and gather for your own free holiday decorations.