Well, lots of people put up Christmas decorations in their yards in my neighborhood this year. I'm enjoying them -- as much as I can. You see, at heart, I'm too busy missing the Halloween season, which I enjoy much more than the holiday season. Maybe it's because the weather's a lot nicer around Halloween than it is now. Or maybe it's the fact that Mother Nature helps out so much with the "background display" at Halloween time, flashing all those colorful autumn leaves at us.
Sure, snow is sometimes provided as a backdrop for the outdoor Christmas decorations, but snow is pretty only in the country: in the cities and suburbs, it gets too dirty to offer much aesthetic value.
No, for me, winter certainly finishes in last place in any contest between the seasons when it comes to enjoying the landscape. But perhaps that's all the more reason to show some appreciation for the cheer that outdoor Christmas decorations bring. But there's no reason to rely entirely on store-bought decor. In fact, some people eschew these altogether in favor of a natural "decor." Which look do you prefer in your yard during the holiday season?
It doesn't have to be either one or the other, though. You can supplement manufactured outdoor Christmas decorations with evergreens (shrubs and trees) -- or, in fact, substitute evergreens for them altogether -- and it is precisely such plants that I focus on in this article, along with a natural Christmas decoration that you can make using evergreen boughs.
Photo ©2006 David Beaulieu, Landscaping Guide (licensed to About, Inc.)