As December dawns, the first signs of the festive season appear as Christmas wreaths are hung on front doors, a welcoming, homely touch dating back centuries. Traditional wreaths are based on evergreen foliage entwined with twigs, flowers and fruits, and assembled in the shape of a ring, whilst modern versions are glorious concoctions made from a variety of decorative materials — the only limitations are practicalities, scale and your imagination. Gardens are a great source of plant material for all kinds of floral arrangements. Many ordinary garden plants provide evergreen foliage such as holly, elaeagnus, ivy, camellia, Christmas box, privet and euonymus, as well as rose hips, everlasting flowers, silvery sea holly and honesty, poppy seed heads, globe artichokes, Chinese lanterns and berries.
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