All greens—but especially spruces and broadleaf evergreens like holly—stay fresh longer in a cool room.
Clockwise from top:
Cypress: The supple, flat, bluish-green sprays and slender branches can easily be twisted into wreaths or swags.
White Pine: The elegant, draping nature of the long, soft needles (up to 8 inches long) makes pine ideal for garlands.
Laurel: Can be incorporated into a fresh or dry arrangement, producing a pleasingly fruity fragrance.
Eucalyptus: The dusty blue-green leaves give off a lemon-like scent. Only wild varieties, such as the eucalyptus pictured here, bloom with flowers.
Rosemary: Branches with needle-like leaves can be used fresh or dried to add scent to wreaths or swags.
Spruce: Best for wreaths, the stiff, irregular branches with prickly needles and pinecones vary from dark green to steely blue.
Magnolia: Glossy, dark green leaves with a velvety rust-brown underside are long-lasting and make a handsome statement.
English Holly: With its glossy, dark leaves, the holly plant enhances any traditional arrangement.
Wate's Golden Pine: The long-lasting needles turn golden only in the winter months.
Cedar: Tufted clusters of short needles arranged along graceful branches range in color from green to silver-blue.
Originally published in the November 29, 2010, and November 29, 2008, issues of Family Circle magazine.