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Achieve your festive front door goals with British Garden Centres

Christmas is just around the corner and when it comes to the holiday season, there’s no better way to show your neighbours and friends and family that festive cheer than by creating a beautiful decoration scheme for your front door. The team at British Garden Centres have put together the ultimate guide to creating a decorative Christmas front door that anyone can adopt for their own home this winter.

Wreaths and Garlands

What signals the arrival of the festive season better than a Christmas wreath? It’s a great project for both adults and children and will bring your front door to life.   You either buy a wreath-making kit from your local garden centre or use florist wire and plants from your garden to bring your wreath to life.

Evergreen plants like conifer sprays, pine, holly, eucalyptus and ivy make an ideal base you’re your wreath. Pair with winter colour from Cornus dogwood stems, pyracantha berries, rose hips, dried lavender and fruit to complete the look.

Garlands also will give a natural but festive look to the front of your house when hung around the doorframe.  Again, you can purchase spruce garlands from a garden centre, or you can put together your own with sprays from your garden.  Why not try mixing your evergreen garlands and metallic baubles, bows or pinecones for a welcoming entrance?

Single planter doorstep displays

Simple foliage additions can elevate the seasonal feeling of your porch or doorstep and evergreens are timeless and most popular for Christmas décor.  The coming weeks are the ideal time to stock up on winter shrubs and trees for garden planters. Try grouping together containers that are different sizes but complement each other in terms of shape, design and material to create an enticing entrance.

Plants we recommend include Buxus topiary which will contrast well against any dark planters. A conical bay tree or lollipop is a smart addition to a doorway, adding both Christmas style and sophistication all in one. Not just a great decoration for your front door, bay leaves are also great for picking all year round to add to your favourite meals.

The taxus or yew has a very similar look to a Christmas tree and can be planted in two decorative planters and decorated with baubles and lights to create a mini festive haven on your porch.  For extra impact, add large lanterns filled with baubles, ornaments and gift boxes underneath for yuletide sparkle.

There are plenty of flowers that will bloom in winter and well into spring to give you Christmas interest. Your local garden centre can recommend plants with berries and flowers that will inspire over the new year such as Skimmia and Viburnum, the brilliant-red single flowers of Camellia sasanqua Yuletide and the ruby red jewel berries of Gaultheria procumbens.

Mixed winter planter displays

Most of us think that colourful outdoor planters are only possible in spring and summer, however, you can still decorate your front door with impressive winter container displays.  We’ve spoken to our British Garden Centres plant experts to compile a list of ideas for some colourful outdoor planters.

Christmas cheer can be created in pots or hanging baskets which can be virtually any shape and size and filled with all sorts of planting combinations.   Winter colour can be easily achieved with bedding plants such as cyclamen, pansies and viola, bellis, primroses and the festive silvery-white foliage of cineraria. Named the Christmas Rose for a reason, the hellebore flowers from early January through to February and is also a perfect perennial plant to spruce up the front of your home during the darker winter months.

There are a wide variety of interesting foliage plants that could be planted alongside the bedding to create lovely winter planters, creating both height and texture for your Christmas display. Evergreen grasses such as Festuca ‘Elijah Blue’ and Carex Frosted Curls’ will add movement and structure.  Featherlike shape leaves from ferns such as Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart’s tongue fern) and the colourful leaves and stems of perennials such as heucheras, ajuga, sedums and Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’.

By following our tips, you can be sure to create a festive wonderland on your front porch this Christmas.

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