What do you do with a container on your front porch once you have yanked out those sorry-looking frost-killed petunias?
Segue into the holiday season with beautiful fall/winter containers using “yard” material. As a landscape designer, my first consideration in planting any tree or shrub is – Can I use it in my seasonal containers? Yellow, red, orange twig dogwoods, evergreens with variegated foliage, magnolias, winterberry, red-berried viburnums, interesting evergreens like cedar and thujopsis, and ruby rose hips, are planted on my property with one motive in mind; Are they useful in arrangements inside and outside?
Make it Simple Directions
Keep the old soil in place and cut off at soil line old plants, and you have an instant palette to play with that can take you into the holidays and beyond. The trick is to complete your masterpiece before the ground freezes as you can’t stick anything into a frozen pot.
Using a preformed wreath will save you some steps in the process of creating an outdoor arrangement. In the above example, I used a 15″ diameter pot topped with a 18″ diameter wreath. You have instant soil coverage and a beautiful base to start with.
Insert your thriller sticks or uprights in the center of the wreath. Here I used yellow twig dogwood, one of my favorites.
Start inserting your largest leaves first. In this case, I use Brown’s Bracken Magnolia with a lovely brown felted reverse. Insert your branches directly through the base wreath.
Add other contrasting foliage, some feathery white pine and yellow tinged false cypress to pick up the yellow twigs. Chunky birch logs and orange winter berry sticks are added last for color. I placed an over-sized Christmas ball in the container but ultimately decided to not use it. Finish it off with a gold three-layered bow.
7 Replies to “Outdoor Seasonal Containers”
Really enjoyed your great ideas!
Great, I am glad you commented!
Hope I haven’t missed my opportunity to do my containers…it’s cold outside! You have such gorgeous plant material and how welcoming it must be to approach your home. I find myself using nandina, evergreens, punctuated by dusty miller…and if I’m lucky magnolia from a neighbor! Hope everyone can still poke some interesting things into containers!
Nandina is one of my favs for outdoor. Send me a picture if you can!
All arrangements are beautiful-the mistletoe itself is a standout however the pins take away from the display-could the pins have been spray green & stay somewhat hidden?
Yes, but that is a hot of trouble. From a distance, you can’t see them
I must be blind..I never saw pins!