This twisted willow branches set into a chimney pot offer an attractive support for ivy, and will provide welcome interest in the winter garden. The instructions are below and are fairly simple. Send us photos of your finished project!
Place the planter pot that you are going to use in it's final position. Make sure that it's in shade or half shade. This is a great time to place the planter next to a blank wall that needs some green growth.
Place the chimney pot full of ivy inside and position it in the center bottom of the pot. Half fill with compost. Fold or crumple the wire netting and push down into the chimney pot so it rests on the compost.
Arrange the willow branches in the chimney pot of ivy, pushing the stems through the wire netting. Use the wire netting as a form to support the branches so they are placed in a well rounded and decorative design. The wire frame will give support to the flexible ivy plant. Besides for appearance the wire frame will support the ivy as it climbs up the branches.
Rest the ivy plant, in its pot, on the wire netting among the willow branches. Fill the chimney pot with compost to within 4 inches of the rim. Cut loose any ties and remove the cane. You want the ivy to be loose and free flowing, not tangled in anyway.
Arrange the stems of ivy over the willow branches and make sure that they are supported and not just drooping. We want to promote decorative growth. Water everything.
The beginning may look rather unfinished, but as the ivy grows, wrapping around the willow branches and settles into it's new surroundings it will attach itself and look lovely. Make sure some trails drape over the sides of the planter.
Final Tip: You may find that some of your twisted willow branches take root in the compost. Plant a rooted branch in the garden where it will grow into a tree. It will eventually be quite large so do not plant near a house if you want to avoid this. Plant anytime of year....even Winter!
this is such a great idea and it looks so easy to do. i am going to try it with the brand new container i just purchased from arizona pottery. i think the sticks sticking out of the planter really adds that special touch. thanks for the tips.