Now your Fall garden planters around your home and yard should be looking pretty spent. The mums may have started to fade and the grasses have been beaten by the wind. We would like to make a few suggestions on how to transition into your winter containers.
The main focus is to plant the containers with plants that will last thru the harsh winter temps and still look presentable and decorative. In many cases, you only need to plant on center evergreen and then add a bunch of decorative items to make the whole container more dazzling and lively.
Birch branches are always a big addition. You can tie them together to create a cluster and stick in the center of the planter. This gives the planter height, a stark white contrast to the deep green plant that is unique. Berry Branches are also stunning when sticking out of an evergreen. You can cut them off an existing bush or purchase them at the local craft store. Holly is a wonderful addition to any winter planter.
Pods and Seed Heads are very decorative. They add a dried touch to the yard pots and can be sprayed with spray paint that matches your décor. Red, Gold & Greens look lovely for the holidays while the natural earth tones will last into the new year and still look lovely.
Conifers in all varieties are the very best. Cedar, spruce, and boxwoods are the perfect addition to any winter container because they can handle the harsh weather and fill your planter with lots of earthy green color and texture. Junipers, ornamental cabbage, and kale are large and work wonderfully planted around the outside of your pottery.
Now that we have given you a few suggestions for turning the Fall planters into Winter planters around your yard, patio or porch we think it is time to try thinking outside the box. Look around your yard or your neighbor’s yard and see the different types of plants, shrubs, berries, and branches that are growing. Try adding them into your design and create a planter that will last for many months to come.