Wreaths, garlands, and other greenery are staple Christmas decorations in many homes. They add cheer and put the finishing touches to entryways, living rooms, and more. Artificial greenery is a great option if you want something that lasts for years. They’re also good if you have allergies or worry about pets accidentally ingesting the foliage.
Balsam Hill™ offers different types of greenery and this guide shows you how to choose the best ones for your home—from sizing to care and storage.
What are the common foliage types?
Many of our wreaths and garlands match specific artificial Christmas trees and share the same needle, colour, and texture. Some are part of collections that include swags and potted greenery. Pre-lit and unlit options are both available to suit your preferences.
An arrangement set on a circular base with a metal frame backingSHOP WREATHS »
An elongated arrangement with a flexible spine and can be connected with other garlandsSHOP GARLANDS »
A cluster arrangement designed to hang downwards or lie flatSHOP SWAGS »
An arrangement set inside a container, usually a potSHOP POTTED FOLIAGE »
What foliage size should I choose?
Size is as important as style when decorating with faux greenery. Below are measuring guides to help you determine the size you need. Take note that these measurements are after fluffing and shaping.
Wreaths are typically displayed on doors, but you can hang them on walls or set them on the mantel. Balsam Hill artificial wreaths range from 45 centimetres to 120 centimetres in diameter.
Garlands are flexible and can be draped over doors, banisters, or mantels. Balsam Hill artificial garlands range from 180 centimetres to 305 centimetres long, and most can be linked together to make a longer garland if needed.
Watch this video and learn how to determine the right size of wreath and garland for your front door:
For Greenery Wreaths:
Measure the height and width of the space where it will be displayed. A wreath should cover 50 to 75% of the space’s width and shouldn’t be wider or taller than the hanging surface.
- For a standard 75- to 90-centimetre door, allot about 15 centimetres of space on each side of the wreath for a simple look.
- For a more dramatic effect, choose a bigger wreath but leave at least 5 centimetres of space on each side.
For Greenery Garlands:
Use string or yarn as a placeholder. The length you end up with is the same size you need for your garland.
- To wrap around an object, use twice as much length of foliage as the height of the object.
- For a flat surface, allot 60 centimetres on each end to hang off the edge.
- To hang on a line, plan for roughly 45 to 60 centimetres of garland for every 30 centimetres of draping space to allow for slack.
- Make sure the garland’s thickness doesn’t under- or overwhelm the area. Consider double layers or opt for a swag if you want a fuller look.
How realistic will the foliage look?
Our artificial greenery collection features varying levels of realism and styles. Many are designed after the foliage of real tree species, from the shape and texture of the needles to the nuances in colour.
We categorise needle types according to the material used. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) needles are flat and papery, while PE (polyethylene) needles have more dimension. Some artificial greenery feature a combination of both—the more realistic the foliage, the higher the PE count.
Exclusive to Balsam Hill, these injection-moulded PE needles mimic the structure, texture, and colour variations of natural evergreens
Soft, flat, and flexible PVC needles with a more classic artificial Christmas tree look
Levels of Realism
These wreaths and garlands feature our exclusive True Needle foliage, made from PE tips that mimic the structure and colour of natural evergreen needles.SHOP MOST REALISTIC WREATHS & GARLANDS »
Affordable faux greenery with the same Balsam Hill quality, made from classic PVC needles for a full and lush lookSHOP TRADITIONAL WREATHS & GARLANDS »
Christmas-themed artificial greenery with ornaments, green or frosted foliage, and other accentsSHOP DECORATED WREATHS & GARLANDS »
UV-protected to prolong colour and beauty when displayed outdoorsSHOP OUTDOOR-SAFE WREATHS & GARLANDS »
What are my options for pre-lit wreaths and garlands?
Balsam Hill offers both unlit and pre-lit artificial greenery to suit your decorating style. All pre-lit models are battery-operated and professionally hand-strung with UL-listed bulbs for both indoor and outdoor use.
Pre-lit with clear energy-efficient LED lights emit a warm, candle-like glow.SHOP BATTERY-OPERATED LED WREATHS & GARLANDS »
No lights built in, so you can add your own or leave it unlit.SHOP UNLIT WREATHS & GARLANDS »
How do I set up my greenery?
How to unbox your new wreath & garland
Your faux greenery will arrive at your door in a box. Here’s how to prepare for set-up:
Step 1 | Look for the sign on the box indicating which end to open.
Step 2 | Carefully cut the seal and open the box flaps.
Step 3 | Pull the greenery out of its box. Take note that it’s compressed for packing and needs to be fluffed.
Step 4 | Inspect and identify the plug or battery box if applicable.
Step 5 | Make sure to store extra bulbs in case you need them.
How to fluff wreaths & garlands
After unboxing, you’ll notice that the foliage is compressed in its packaging. Artificial wreaths and garlands need to be fluffed and reshaped to give them a fuller, realistic look.
Step 1 | Straighten each tip individually and spread out the tips so they extend outward all around the wreath. Bend tips to fill any gaps.
Step 2 | Adjust tips to make sure that the attached decorations are not covered under foliage.
Step 1 | Lay it on a flat surface with the spine facing downward.
Step 2 | Straighten out bends or kinks in the wire.
Step 3 | Straighten and spread out individual tips to create a full, lush effect.
For more tips on shaping your artificial greenery, read this in-depth post.
How to hang wreaths & garlands
Balsam Hill wreaths have wire frames, while garlands have spines that support the foliage when hung on hooks or strings.
If you’re concerned about damage to surfaces, there are ways to hang wreaths and garlands without making holes. Wreath and garland hangers can be used, as they are made specifically to go over doors. This way, you don’t have to drill holes or hang greenery from a nail. Make sure that the hanger you choose can carry the weight of your greenery.
How do I take care of my artificial greenery?
How to care for greenery
It’s best to clean your artificial greenery before packing it away. Here’s how:
Step 1 | Use a hair dryer on low setting to blow dust away on the tips. Or, gently remove dust from surfaces with a feather duster.
Step 2 | With a light hand, wipe the larger decorations such as leaves and ornaments individually with a microfibre cloth to remove any dirt build-up.
Step 3 | De-fluff by flattening tips to make it easier to fit into the storage container.
Step 4 | Cover your greenery in plastic for extra protection. Include a couple of desiccant pouches to keep it dry in case of moisture.
How to store wreaths & garlands
Store your foliage properly so that it retains its shape and beauty year after year. If you don’t have the original box anymore, use specially designed storage bags. These are made of sturdy material with padding and secure openings to keep your artificial greenery intact and safe.