Dress Up Your Landscape with Winter-Inspired Container GardensDec 04, 2020 ● By Melinda Myers
Photo credit Melinda Myers
Clear out your fall containers and make room for some winter greenery. These planters are sure to brighten those dreary winter days and add life to your landscape.
Transform weatherproof summer and fall containers for winter.
Fiberglass, plastic, cement and wood will hold up to the cold, ice and
snow. Don’t subject terra cotta and
glazed pots to the harsh elements that can cause them to crack. Remove faded fall flowers and add a bit of
potting mix to fill the container within two inches of the top. Or select a new weatherproof container and
fill it with potting mix.
Consider your overall landscape design and other outdoor winter
decorations when creating or purchasing a holiday planter. Place a couple of winter
planters on your front steps or dress up your patio, deck or balcony and enjoy
the view from the comfort of your home. Don’t
overlook those hanging baskets. Fill them with winter greenery to elevate your
winter containers to a fun new level.
Freshly cut needled evergreens like spruce, white pine, fir
and broadleaf evergreen boxwood and holly combine nicely to form the backbone
of your container design. Make it easy by using spruce tips to create vertical
interest in a container. You only need to set a few in the center of the pot to
look like a pro. Surround these with
graceful white pine boughs to anchor the arrangement to the container.
Add sprigs of other evergreens for additional texture and
shades of green. Next, it’s time to put your creativity to work. For those that prefer a natural look,
consider white birch branches and stems of red twig dogwood, corkscrew willow
or contorted hazelnut. Add a bit more color with berry laden winter holly branches
and dried seed rudbeckias, allium, and coneflower seed heads or hydrangea
flowers. Finish off your arrangement with a few evergreen cones and a bow.
Or add a bit of glitz with painted and glittered cones,
twigs, ornaments, or other holiday adornments.
You can purchase these or create your own with a bit of paint and
glitter. Just make sure your materials will hold up to the winter weather.
Once your arrangement is complete, water thoroughly. The
moist soil helps keep greenery fresh and in place. Once the soil is frozen you
can stop watering. The cold weather will help keep your greens looking good
throughout the holidays and beyond.
Extend the life of your greenery with an organic
biodegradable antitranspirant. These materials help seal in the moisture,
delaying the browning of cut greens. Always read and follow label directions
carefully. Most need to be applied to evergreen boughs outdoors and allowed to
dry before bringing it indoors or beginning your arrangement.
For additional ideas and a bit of inspiration, watch my Create Beautiful Outdoor Evergreen Containers video. You will find more ways to enhance your landscape with winter containers.
Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including The Midwest Gardener’s Handbook and Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the nationally-syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio program. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Her web site is www.melindamyers.com.