Decorating the garden with holiday lights and evergreens brings the garden to life and spreads a bit of holiday cheer.
If you are lucky enough to have an evergreen tree near the garden, decorate it with bright lights, red ribbons and pine cones. Add a string of popcorn and some cranberries to feed winter birds. Tiny balls of suet tied up in mesh provide a tasty treat.
Make or buy several evergreen wreaths. Add a big red bow and attach wreaths to fences, arbors and trees to welcome the holidays with Christmas cheer. If wreaths are a bit beyond what you are willing to do, gather an assortment of evergreens 12 to 18 inches long. Include fir, pine and any other evergreens you prefer. Bundle them together and wire the stems tightly. Gather several pinecones, add a few red berries and attach to the evergreen spray. Add a big red bow with long streamers and display as you would the wreath.
Make garland from fresh evergreens by wiring them to garden rope. Begin with a small bundle of 8-inch stems. Place the stems so the evergreens are pointing to the left and the cut ends face the right. Add another bundle by placing new evergreens to cover the stems of the first bundle and wiring in place. Work your way to the right until the rope covered with fresh evergreens. Secure the end and tie off the wire. Drape the evergreen garland over fences or weave into a garden arbor. Add bright red berries and cheery bows.
Add a birdfeeder to your garden to attract colorful birds. Blue jays, purple finches and chickadees are sure to arrive within a day or two. Hang suet balls or suet feeders tied up with holiday bows to attract woodpeckers and nuthatches to the garden.
String white holiday lights in trees or shrubs in your garden. These miniature lights add sparkle during cold winter evenings and create a magical atmosphere. Lights can also be strung on trellises, along fences or around garden art to enhance the appearance of your winter garden.