Holiday Greenery 101

The holiday season has arrived (T-minus 10 days ’til Christmas!), and that means that we’ve been working winter greens into all of our seasonal designs!  With so many different varieties, it’s tough to know the difference between fir, pine, and cedar! So, in case you were wondering, we created this breakdown of some of the different types of greens decorating our spaces around the holidays and through the winter season!

Carolina Sapphire Cypress

Port Orford Cedar


Noble Fir

Variegated Holly

Douglas Fir

Dusty Miller


White Pine

Acacia Feather

Boxwood American


When you gather a few of these greens together and add some beautiful flowers to the mix, the results can be stunning!  Greens can add texture, shape, proportion and extra color to give the most simple of designs a bit of dimension and movement.

Pictured below is our ‘Merlot’ arrangement. You can see how much of this arrangement is really made with different types of greens, helping to both fill out the arrangement perfectly and letting the flowers really shine!

‘Merlot’ by Matlack Florist. This arrangement features red roses, protea, leucadendron, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, carolina sapphire cypress, acacia feather, and magnolia.

Our Boxwood Evergreen Tree is primarily made with a mixture of carolina sapphire cypress, seeded eucalyptus, noble fir, and you guessed it, boxwood! Add some festive bows, baubles, faux fruit, and pinecones, and the results are…well, see for yourself!

‘Boxwood Evergreen Tree’ by Matlack Florist.  Pro Tip:  If you leave it alone and do not add water to it, it will naturally dry out beautifully!

Now that you know a little bit more about these greens, you may be wondering how you should go about caring for the cut greens in your arrangements, garlands, swags, etc…  Well, again we are here to help!  Here are a few tips on how to ensure that your holiday greens last as long as possible!

To increase the life of your holiday greens:

1. Keep your greens away from heat, sun, and hot & cold drafts.

2. Add water to arrangements or mist greens daily to maintain your cuttings. Greens need a source of moisture, particularly in dry winter weather.

3. Store arrangements in a cool place when you are not home to enjoy them.

Happy Holidays from Matlack Florist!