There's nothing to put you in the mood for Christmas quite like going to the garden centre on a snowy day to pick out a living Christmas tree, then bringing it home to fill the house with the scent of pinewoods in December.
There are lots of trees to choose from in our garden centre, so make sure you get the one that's right for you. Here are some of the varieties to look out for:
Norway spruce: the traditional Christmas tree: lovely perfume and good conical shape (available as Cut trees & pot grown)
Nordmann Fir: one of the best for holding onto its soft, rounded needles (available as Cut trees & pot grown)
Fraser Fir: really neat pyramid shape; holds onto its dark green, flattened needles well
Lodgepole Pine: slow to drop its needles, and makes a large, dense, bushy tree
Imagine a Christmas without agonising over which tree to buy. A Christmas when you don't have to hoover up a single needle, and at the end, you just pack up your tree in the cupboard till next year.
These days artificial Christmas trees are so good it's hard to tell the difference between an artificial tree and the real thing. Here are some of the great features to look out for:
Pre-lit trees: It's no longer necessary to wrestle with Christmas lights every year: many of our trees come pre-lit, with up to 400 lightbulbs already installed.
Snow tips: the ultimate tree to finish off your snowy festive scene, the ends of each needle dipped in powdery snow.
Pop-up or Collapsible trees: makes putting away the tree quick and easy, and it doesn't take up much room in storage, either.
Please ask the staff in store for more information and advice about choosing your Christmas tree.