Holly, classic and timeless, this evergreen option comes into its own over the festive season with red berries and glossy leaves lending itself to being used decoratively. Now every year I see bunches being sold at Christmas markets and in garden centres, but if you are lucky enough to have access to some of your very own, why not take advantage of your own good fortune!! Home grown Holly can be used for homemade Christmas wreathes, to artistically drape around the fire place, hung in bunches from the ceiling or as table decoration on the big day, the list is endless (can you sense my enthusiasm?)
Similarly with Ivy – this could also not only be used in the Christmas tasks above but woven through banisters, used on the tree or around candles to soften and bring some of that evergreen glossy foliage inside.
I particularly love the way both of these materials are used in the wreathes shown, I think a good Christmas wreath is all about simplicity and repetition, the traditional wreath would have used all the materials that are readily available to us, so why not go outside and have a go at making your own?