The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Christmas Garden

I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! I just love the holiday season, from the decorations to the music and delicious food, but most of all, that feeling of anticipation in your heart. 

So many people put up Christmas trees and decorate their homes for this reason: it’s a time when you really get excited about what’s to come. 

In my home town, there are lots of beautiful gardens around us that go all out for Christmas. One day we had snow on the ground (which is unusual), so I thought how great would it be if those gardens were decorated with lights? 

Well, I decided to do just that! Here are some tips on how you can create your own winter wonderland in your garden this year:

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Key Takeaways
Planning ahead is crucial for creating a beautiful Christmas garden.
Choose plants that thrive in the winter season and complement the holiday spirit.
Incorporate lights and other outdoor decor to create a festive atmosphere.
Take steps to protect your garden from frost and pests during the winter months.
Using natural materials like pine cones, berries and evergreen boughs can add a touch of rustic charm to your Christmas garden.

1. Break Out The Evergreens

You can start by choosing a variety of evergreens, which are easy to maintain and are beautiful year-round. These plants have a wide range of size, color and shape that will enhance any garden. 

From the delicate pink hues of Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) to the bold red berries of common juniper (Juniperus communis), there is an evergreen for every taste.

Evergreens are also versatile! They make excellent hedges and can be used as screens or borders around flower beds or vegetable gardens. 

Evergreen shrubs like junipers make great low-maintenance edging for your walkways or flower beds; just keep them trimmed back once in a while to prevent them from growing into things they shouldn’t be grown into!

Are you planning to grow your own Christmas tree in your backyard? Make sure to check out our guide on how to grow a Christmas tree in your backyard for detailed instructions and tips to ensure the best results.

2. Get Creative With Your Christmas Tree

Next, it’s time to pick your tree. There are a few options:

Use a real tree. If you want the experience of cutting down your own Christmas tree, check with local farmers or timber companies for information on where you can go for this! It’s always fun to do some old-fashioned adventuring and enjoy an authentic holiday tradition.

Use a fake tree. If getting out into nature isn’t really your thing (or if “nature” means “the Walmart parking lot”), fake trees are also great—they come in all sorts of colors and sizes, so they’ll fit perfectly into whatever space you have available in your home or apartment! 

Plus they don’t require watering or maintenance as long as they’re kept out of direct sunlight.

Creative Christmas Tree Ideas

Real Christmas TreeExperience the adventure of cutting down your own tree from local farms or timber companies.
Artificial Christmas TreeSustainable and easy to care for, artificial trees come in a variety of sizes and styles. Add your own decorations and lights to match the style of your home.
Alternative Christmas TreesGet creative and showcase your unique personality with alternative trees made from driftwood, birch poles, or recycled materials.
Themed Christmas TreesTailor your tree to a specific theme, such as rustic, modern, or coastal. Add ornaments and decor that match your chosen theme.
Upside-down Christmas TreesA new trend for those who want a modern, space-saving twist on the traditional tree. These trees hang from the ceiling with the widest part at the top.

3. Think Outside The Box Of Ornaments

Use a different type of ornament. You can use ornaments that are not traditional like shells, pine cones or leaves.

Use more than one ornament. Collecting multiple similar items for your Christmas garden is a great way to tie it all together and create a cohesive theme for your garden without having too many varying elements (such as color schemes).

Use non-traditional ornaments. This may include using real plants instead of plastic ones, using natural materials such as wood, rocks and shells as decorations in place of glass balls and other polished materials that have become synonymous with Christmas decorating over the years.

Christmas gardening can be a great way to add some festive cheer to your outdoor space. For some expert tips and ideas, check out our guide on 10 tips for Christmas gardening that will change your holiday.

4. Use All Your Senses

When you’re creating your holiday garden, be sure to use all of your senses.

Smell the Christmas tree. If you have a fir or pine tree, take a moment to breathe in the sweet scent of evergreens. If not, perhaps you could place some pine cones around the room for decoration and ambiance.

Listen to carols on Pandora or Spotify as you plan out your garden, or even buy an album (or two) and play it while working away! Whatever music makes you feel festive is just right for this time of year; just be sure that it’s not something too loud that would disrupt others around you while they’re trying to enjoy their own holiday gardens!

Feel the snow coming down outside, if there happens to be any where you live (and I hope there is!). It may not be cold enough yet where I live at this point in time but hopefully someday soon I’ll get a chance! Maybe even make some cookies so we can enjoy them together…I’m sure my husband would love that idea 😉

Taste those delicious cookies again after reading through all these tips & tricks–you deserve it after such hard work!

5. Keep It Natural

Use real plants. The best way to add a little bit of nature to your home is through plants. You can either buy some or grow them yourself, but make sure they’re real and not artificial!

Use natural materials. Wood, stone, and marble are all great natural materials that will give a sense of warmth to your garden. If you want something more colorful then use glass or metal instead!

Use natural light sources like candles or solar powered lights because they’re better for the environment than electric ones! 

Also try using more tungsten bulbs (which emit less UV radiation) in place of incandescent bulbs which give off warmth when they glow rather than cold light like fluorescent lamps do so it feels cozier without having any effect on the environment outside your home or apartment where those lamps might be installed inside one day…

Transforming your garden into a winter wonderland can be a fun and exciting project for the holiday season. Learn how to create a magical outdoor space with our guide on transforming your garden into a winter wonderland, which includes various decorating ideas and design inspirations.

6. Put Lights In Unexpected Places

Lights in unexpected places can be very effective. For example, putting lights around the pool will create an atmosphere of warmth and elegance.

They can also be used to draw attention to a particular area or feature of the garden. If you want to make your patio look attractive for entertaining, then consider installing some lights under it. This will ensure that people don’t miss it when they come into the garden from outside!

Lights can also be used as a focal point in your Christmas Garden design if you want something really striking in your space. They are great at creating movement and energy so they work well with other elements such as plants or water features too!

Creative Lighting Ideas for Your Christmas Garden

Lighting IdeaDescription
Poolside LightsAdd a touch of elegance and warmth to your Christmas garden by hanging lights around the pool area.
Outdoor ChandelierHang a chandelier over your outdoor dining table or seating area to create a focal point and add a touch of sophistication.
Pathway LightsGuide visitors to your front door or through the garden with a string of lights along the pathway.
Tree Trunk LightsWrap strings of lights around the trunk of your trees to add a magical touch to your outdoor space.
Window LightsCreate a cozy atmosphere inside and outside by hanging lights around windows and door frames.

7. Dress Up Your Seating Area

If you want to make your seating area as comfortable and inviting as possible, here are a few things you can do:

Use a variety of textures and colours. Add some soft furnishings with cushions and rugs, add lights around the edges of the garden or use candles on tables. We’ve already talked about how this is a good way to create an immersive experience for your guests by making them feel like they’re actually in Narnia.

Use different shaped furniture. Having chairs that complement each other will make it easier for everyone to get comfortable without feeling cramped or crowded out by someone else’s space (or vice versa). The same goes for benches; one bench isn’t enough! You need two so that there’s always room for people who want to sit together without crowding anyone else out!

Don’t forget about lighting! A lot of traditional fairy tales take place at night or at least during nighttime hours when it’s dark outside so don’t forget about lights in general when setting up your Christmas garden.”

If you are wondering which plants to include in your Christmas garden, check out our guide on 13 must-have plants for a festive outdoor space that can provide some excellent options for your holiday landscaping.

8. Dazzle In The Dark Corners

  • String lights
  • Decorative lights
  • Battery powered lights
  • Solar powered lights
  • LED lights (especially if you have a kid. They’ll love it.)
  • Candles, especially if you’re not using fireflies. I have them outside, but they’re not very bright because they don’t give off much light.

If you want to be more creative with how you decorate your Christmas garden, then consider adding some Christmas themed decorations like these:

Candy cane curtains and pillows (furry ones or velvet) with red bows on each end that hang from curtain rods above the couch or bed in various rooms throughout the house.

A tree skirt made out of red fabric that covers up any exposed dirt underneath your fake tree so it looks nice and tidy all year long. This is especially important if other people besides just yourself will be staying at home during holiday time!

9. Light Up A Pathway, Steps, Or Edge

You can use solar lights to light up your garden and make it more welcoming. You can also decorate the edges of pathways with string lights and fairy lights. 

If you don’t have space for a path, then place candles along the edge of whatever area is sheltered from the wind. The candles will provide some warmth to those who are walking around in their garden enjoying all its sights and smells!

Pests can be a nuisance for any garden, including a Christmas Garden. Learn some effective ways to keep pests out of your garden with our guide on how to keep pests out of herb garden that includes natural and safe solutions to prevent and control pests in your garden.

10. Dress Up Your Doors And Windows

If you’re not able to add a new element, small changes can make a big difference.

  • Use decorations that go with your theme. For example, if you want to keep the same colour scheme throughout your garden but incorporate new types of lights, try using garlands around doors and windows instead of wreaths.
  • Make sure they are safe and won’t fall into the pathway or driveway when cars come by!
  • Make sure they aren’t too heavy or bulky so they don’t fall over in high winds either!
  • Don’t forget about things like fairy lights – these can add some extra sparkle when hung around door frames for example (you just need to be careful not to trip over them!).

11. Make Mini Garlands For Trees And Posts

Now that your mini Christmas trees are decorated, it’s time to take them out of their containers and add a few finishing touches. 

If you have small pine cones (or any other small decorative items), they can make great garland. Just wrap a piece of ribbon around the tree and glue the ends together with a hot glue gun. This will ensure that they stay put and also make it easy for you to add lights later on!

If you want something even simpler than pine cones, try using short pieces of ribbon instead. You’ll still get the same effect without having to worry about tying knots in your garlands!

12. Think On A Large Scale

If you have a large, empty wall in your home, consider hanging garlands on it. You can also make a large wreath to hang on the door or place as decoration in other areas of the house. 

f you have a canvas at home that’s been sitting around collecting dust, why not use it for an art project? Paint your favorite Christmas scene onto the canvas and hang it up with pride! 

Or perhaps try making some table runners out of fabric for holiday dinner parties! Another fun idea is to make banners out of paper they’re easy to create and super festive!

13. Make Room For Fresh Snowfall And Let It Shine!

For a truly special Christmas garden, you should make room for fresh snowfall and let it shine. The best time to do this is in December, but if you missed that window, don’t worry! There are still ways to let snow fall into your garden throughout the season.

Here are some tips on getting fresh snow into your space:

Make sure there’s enough room for the snow to fall evenly across the entire area—the more room there is between each plant (or tree), the more evenly it will spread out when it lands.

Use a funnel (or anything else with an opening) that goes up above your plantings so that when you pour water over them from above, any excess will drip out of this opening rather than drenching everything below it at once. 

This will help make sure all plants receive enough water without drowning them or causing mold problems later down the road!

14. Wrap Up By Taking Photos For Next Year’s Inspiration!

  • Take photos of your garden so you can use them next year’s inspiration!
  • Share your photos on social media, so all your friends and family can enjoy the beauty of your Christmas garden.
  • If you don’t have a camera, no worries! You can easily take pictures with your phone.


We hope that you have enjoyed learning about the basics of creating a Christmas garden and have been inspired to start your own. 

Now it’s time to get started with our first tip: select a location for your garden that has some natural light but is sheltered from winds.

Further Reading:

Here are some additional resources to help you create the perfect Christmas Garden:

Outdoor Christmas Decorating Beginner Guide: This guide provides beginners with helpful tips and tricks for decorating their outdoor space for the holiday season.

Decorate Christmas: This article provides some unique and creative ideas to decorate your home for the holiday season.

The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Tree Decorating: This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about decorating your Christmas tree, including tips and recommendations for selecting ornaments and lights.


What are some popular plants to include in a Christmas garden?

Some popular plants to include in a Christmas garden are poinsettias, holly, Christmas cactus, ivy, and mistletoe.

How can I best protect my plants from winter frost and cold temperatures?

To protect your plants from winter frost and cold temperatures, you can cover them with blankets or cloths, mulch the soil to insulate the root system, and water them on sunny days in the winter.

What are some common pests that can affect a Christmas garden?

Common pests that can affect a Christmas garden are aphids, spider mites, whiteflies, slugs, and snails.

What types of lights should I use for outdoor Christmas decorations?

For outdoor Christmas decorations, LED lights are a great choice as they are energy-efficient, long-lasting, and can withstand harsh weather conditions.

How can I create a winter wonderland in my garden?

To create a winter wonderland in your garden, you can use white and silver decorations, snowflake motifs, and evergreen trees and plants to evoke a snowy, wintry atmosphere.