Although the garden is nearly bare by the time December arrives, it still bears magnificent color, which can be used in natural holiday decorations. Martha likes to gather foliage from her garden to decorate the front of her house during the Christmas season. She chooses arborvitae, an evergreen in shades of deep green and gentle gold, to form the wreaths for her front door -- a large one-sided wreath that will sit flush against the door, and twin six-inch wreaths that will hang at the upper corners of the door frame.
To decorate the large wreath, Martha uses strands of crimson cranberries instead of a classic bow; she also hangs several strings of cranberry garland over the door between the smaller wreaths. Fresh cranberries are ideal for outdoor winter decorations; the cold weather keeps them vibrant.
You may be able to find the ingredients for your decorations in your own yard. If not, visit your local garden center, florist shop, or Christmas tree lot. If you do collect greenery from your yard, keep in mind that evergreens that have needles should not be heavily pruned. A pine-tree branch cut back to the trunk will never recover. Instead, trim the smaller offshoots down to the main branch, shaping the tree as you go.