Christmas trees

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, 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

Nordmann Fir: one of the best for holding onto its soft, rounded needles IN STOCK

Noble Fir: bluey-green, slightly silvery needles with a beautiful scent and short stiff branches

Fraser Fir: really neat pyramid shape; holds onto its dark green, flattened needles well IN STOCK

Blue spruce: very stiff, long needles in shades from green to powdery blue POT IN STOCK

Lodgepole Pine: slow to drop its needles, and makes a large, dense, bushy tree

White Pine: one of the bushiest of Christmas trees, with soft bluey-green needles.

White spruce: short, stiff needles held well on the tree, a pretty blue-green colour, and a lovely shape