Christmas Porch Pots for Instant Pizzazz

Fresh Holiday Arrangement
Fresh Holiday Arrangement

Christmas porch pots are the easiest method to decorate your outside entrance inexpensively and quickly. If you need some pizzazz to greet visitors, create a live green arrangement with evergreens and twigs cut from your property. Jazz it up with something sparkly and you can leave it in place for weeks without any care.

Long Lasting Arrangements

Once I empty my large pots and window boxes at the end of November, I can dress them up again with greenery which will last most of the winter. I keep the soil in them as that is the glue which will hold my greens in place.

Seasonal Porch Pot

Base

Below, I used a waterproof fiber pot filled with oasis, but a time saver is to use one of your containers already filled with soil. Once I finish arranging in a fiber pot, I place the whole thing into an empty container.

Start with a waterproof fiber pot filled with oasis
Start with a waterproof fiber pot filled with oasis or a soil filled container
Materials-wreath, magnolia, yellow twig dogwood, winterberries, red seeded eucalyptus, glittery pine cones, yellow tipped arborvitae
Materials-wreath, magnolia, yellow twig dogwood, winterberries, red seeded eucalyptus, glittery pine cones, yellow tipped arborvitae

Wreath Trickery

A trick that I have used for a long time which will get you started in a hurry, is to buy a pre-made wreath of fresh greens and build upon that as a base.

Use a pre-made wreath as a base
Use a pre-made wreath as a base

Placing this wreath on top of the rim of the pot will hide most of the soil and you can stick your greens in and around it. Buy a ready-made or make your own.

Place your wreath on top of a container-here I used a waterproof fiber pot
Place your wreath on top of a container-here I used a waterproof fiber pot

Start by placing your wreath horizontally on top and begin adding your other plant materials. Once you insert stems through the wreath, that will anchor it to the container. For this container, I  began with adding gold tipped Arborvitae. Stick the branches through the wreath into the oasis or soil.

Once you place the wreath on top of the pot, start adding your plant material-Here, I use gold tipped Arborvitae
Once you place the wreath on top of the pot, start adding your plant material

Insert Magnolia branches into the oasis along with yellow twig dogwood for drama.

Add Magnolia leaves
Add Magnolia leaves for great texture

Add some red-dyed seeded Eucalyptus for a pop of color.

Insert red seeded Eucaplyptus
Insert seeded Eucalyptus

I finished it off with large branches of peach winterberry and glittery pine cones.

Add peach colored winterberry and some sparkly pine cones
Add peach colored winterberry and some sparkly pine cones
Large window boxes work well

Top 10 Tips on Creating Outdoor Christmas Arrangements 

  1. Use a winter hardy pot – fiber glass, metal, cement – not  terracotta as it can crack
  2. Add water to soil or use oasis so that it is moist; It will freeze the arrangement in place as the weather turns cold
  3. Fill up and mound soil 1-2″ above rim to give branches height and depth
  4. Spray Wilt-Pruf, an anti-dessicant that will keep the greens fresh, but be careful of some firs and juniper berries- they could lose their color with the application of the spray
  5. Create outside in place as the container will become very heavy to move
  6. Don’t use Styrofoam berries-only naturals- Styrofoam splits and reveals the white base
  7. Use completed wreaths of greens as bases for urns
  8. For center height and drama, use curly willow, dogwood branches, birch logs, or winter berry branches
  9. Since most arrangements will be viewed from a distance, the bolder and larger, the better
  10. Add large outdoor balls or other accents (glitter branches) for added drama

For further information on materials, read my article in the The American Gardener. 

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