If your idea of holiday decorating is little more than stringing lights on your outdoor trees and shrubs, you’re only halfway done!

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Twinkling holiday lights create a beautiful landscape display – at night, anyway. During the day, however, lighting has no visual impact. Why not make your yard and landscape look like a winter wonderland, no matter what the time of day?

Wreaths and Garland for Classic Holiday Decorating

Fresh evergreen garland and wreaths add life and color – and the festive scent of Christmas -- to your holiday decorating. Frame your front doorway with greenery and red bows for a classic Christmas theme.

But why limit your holiday decorating to the front door?

Fresh evergreen wreaths and garland are quite versatile and can be used in a variety of festive applications. You can wrap garland around your deck railings and porch columns, for example, or spiral it down your mailbox and lamp posts. Or, create swags along the top of your fence, adding a wreath with a red bow at each fence post.

Seasonal Planters Ensure Holiday Decorating Cheer

If your landscape isn’t the type you can dress up with wreaths and garland, don’t despair. Seasonal planters and outdoor plants can be used most anywhere to add a burst of color and holiday cheer.

Try flanking your front steps or driveway with dwarf spruce trees planted in large red or gold containers. Or, dot your landscape with seasonal planters filled with evergreen, fir or pine boughs. Add accents of curly willow branches and sprays of redtwig dogwood.

You can also give your window boxes and hanging planters a makeover for the holidays. Simply fill them with large swags of greenery, accented with white pussy willow branches, dried baby’s breath flowers and sprigs of bright red winterberries.

Outdoor Ornaments Add Fun to Your Holiday Decorating

Wreaths, garland and seasonal planters can all look quite festive on their own. But, to inject your landscape with even more holiday cheer, complete the look with decorative outdoor accessories.

Why not hang colorful, weather-safe ornaments from your greenery? Next, add bright red, white or silver ribbons and strands of holiday beads.

Wooden yard decorations, like presents, candy canes, snowmen or Christmas trees, can also bring a whimsical note to your landscape. Stake them along your fence, walkway or driveway. You can also choose three-dimensional light sculptures – of reindeer, snowmen or Santa’s sleigh -- for a more elegant style by day as well as by night.

Whatever you need to turn your landscape into a festive winter wonderland, the knowledgeable team at Millcreek Gardens can help. Our Salt Lake City garden center is decked out in its best holiday finery and we have all of winter’s best indoor and outdoor plants. Visit us today for Northern Utah’s finest poinsettias, wreaths, garland and even more holiday decorating ideas.