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Holiday Greenery

While there may not be any snow – or even freezing temperatures – this holiday season, the gardens at Fearrington are lush with beautiful greenery and berried branches to inspire our Garden Team.

We’ve been growing and cutting many of our favorites for years, and thought we would share some of the best with you to add to your own cutting gardens.

Here in the Carolina Piedmont, we are fortunate to be able to grow many broadleaf evergreens, and there is nothing more iconic than bunches of Southern Magnolia for holiday decorating. Gold-dust Plant (Aucuba japonica), with its cheerful splashes of gold and green, is another favorite. The various hollies, which have myriad of leaf shapes and colors, are classics and have the added bonus of bright berries most years. are standouts for their clusters of red berries as well as their graceful, bamboo-like foliage.

We are fortunate to have many, many conifer cultivars in our gardens. Two of our absolute favorites for cutting are Japanese Black Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) with its beautiful clusters of tiny golden cones dangling from each branch, and our native Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana), whose grey-green foliage is decorated with powdery blue berries at this time of year.

If you love to decorate with natural greenery as we do, plan to add some of these wonderful plants to your own garden. Happy cutting!

– Julian, Fearrington Gardener

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