Stocked with color and texture, this container mixes live and dried elements to create a welcome sight on winter’s bleak days. Begin by filling a container with wet florists foam. Tuck in branches of Deodar cedar to create a crown of green around the top of the pot. Add in tall elements such as yellow dogwood, mossy fruitwood, lichen driftwood, and Port Orford cedar. Fill in with sugar and digger pinecones wired to wooden picks, dried roses, and redwood pods.
Red and green are traditional Christmascolors, and they look fantastic together. Here, several varieties of pine boughs and juniper combine dramatically in a bright red pot with sprays of winterberry and redtwig dogwood. Dried eucalyptus seeds, also painted red, add to the display.
Planting containers with dwarf evergreen conifers is the perfect way to decorate yourgarden. Purchase plants in autumn (when they’re often on sale), pot them up, and water well. Keep them sufficiently moist during the winter, then plant them in your garden the following spring.
This container features a fun variety, including:
- False cypress (Chamaecyparis ‘Baby Blue’)
- Juniper (Juniperus virginiana ‘Taylor’)
- Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)
- Variegated wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei‘Emerald Gaiety’)
- Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa‘Goldcrest’)
Using potted evergreens is a fun way to addcolor. Make it easier: Instead of planting them, find creative ways to cover their plastic pots. Here, strips of birch bark do the job. You could do the same thing with sphagnum moss, woven grass blades, or grapevine.
Make use of many different materials to addcolor and drama to your window boxes. This stunning example includes boughs cut from white (concolor) fir, Fraser fir, juniper, andSouthern magnolia. A splash of bold red color comes from winterberry stems (which can look good through January or so, when birds often start to eat them). Dried flowers fromglobe thistle add fun texture and play off the smaller juniper berries.
Many gardeners overlook branches, but twigs and stems can add tremendous color and interest. Here’s a fun example: Branches of curly willow and yellow-twig dogwood appear to practically burst out of a mound of juniper boughs, Southern magnolia leaves, eucalyptus, and dried hydrangea flowers. Sprigs of red winterberry add another texture and color.
Looking for something easy? Here’s an idea: Take a small potted evergreen (‘Blue Star’ juniper is shown here) and insert a couple of branches, pinecones, and ornaments. The result is a lovely outdoor tabletop display that you can plant outdoors in spring (if you keep it watered in winter).
Holiday displays don’t have to be all aboutcolor. Keep it neutral with soft shades of tan and brown. Here, dried evergreen magnolia leaves combine with decorative branches, curly willow, and ornamental grass blades (with a bundled string of holiday lights tucked in the center) for an elegant presentation.
Don’t want to mess with plants? Put yourcontainers to other use! Here, two simple glazed pots are filled with sand and topped with a bed of dried moss. They play host to battery-powered candles in simple cloches.