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Winter Wonderland of Garden Containers


Right now, the earth is quiet.  Winter is upon us and there isn’t much going on in our yard and garden areas.  Let’s talk about adding some décor to our stark and barren landscape
planters.  If you think it takes a lot of decorative talent to create unusual and inexpensive garden containers then you would be wrong. 

Below we are going to show you examples of simple, easy, and cheap ways to “dress up” your garden pottery that are doable no matter if you have flower arranging skills or not.  So, let’s dive right in.

One great tip for most of these planters is the word “stuff”.  We recommend that this not be the time you skimp on materials.  When you are filling empty planters for winter, you need to fill them with as many decorative items as you can.  The more the merrier is really germane here.  So, stuff them up!


Berry Branches:  A natural yet simple terracotta garden pot is crammed with all kinds of assorted plant materials.  The main theme is dark green and red.  Fill the pot with branches of assorted conifers, graceful cedar, spiky holly, and juniper.  Drape limp branches over the sides and stand stiff sticks in the center to create height and flow.  Once finished with all the greens, place the berry branches with emphasis on different heights.  You don’t need a lot here just splats of color nestled among the branches.  Simple, natural and truly superb.


Feathers & Pods:  A small low-profile planter is filled with all kinds of fun objects with very little emphasis on greens.  The evergreens are almost an afterthought.  Place bundles of cinnamon sticks, pinecones, moss balls, quail feathers inside the garden bowl till it is filled.  Add bundles of dried pots and curly willow around the bundles.  Finish by adding a sprig or two of limp cedar and eucalyptus in and around the bundles.  Just push anything you can find laying in the yard or around the patio into and between the bigger items.  This is planter arrangement is perfect for a patio table or porch area.


Wire Sphere & Twinkle Lights:  This winter garden urn is for the person who wants elegance for little fuss.  Any empty planter works great for this look.  Purchase a wire sphere from any craft store.  String little twinkle lights around it and that is pretty much it.  Make sure the home and garden urns are placed near an electrical outlet or that one is located close by.  Plug it in and you have an imaginative, impressive and really inexpensive decorative vase.


Winter Window Box Planter:  Another really easy idea to copy.  Take green spruce or graceful cedar branches and start on the outside and front first.  Place the branches inside the planter with the ends sticking out the side and draping over the front of the window.  Then add the top and center, following the same thing.  Just keep sticking branches in until you get the look you want.  Once all branches are mixed together, they will create a woven pattern which helps to keep them all from moving.  Then top them off with a few branches of pussy willow. It adds softness and texture to the overall window box.

We hope these few ideas can help you to create artistic garden planters for your porch, patio, home or garden areas.  Just because it’s pretty sparse outside doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up a bit!  Share your thoughts below. We love to hear from you!

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Post Last Updated: 1/7/2020 10:30:37 AM 

Winning Window Box Planters


It is so easy to take a simple looking home front and turn it into something super special with a window box garden planters.  It adds color, beauty & function to the outside of any home.

Window box planters are the easiest way to add some pizzaz to your home exterior where you may have large windows that can use some trim & detail.  Window box means just what it says. A box you attach to a window preferably on the front of your home that holds colorful flowers and trailing vines.


Large windows both tall and wide offer the greatest possibilities for climbers scrambling all the way up the sides, tall bushy plants inside these, curving down to even smaller plants.  Change it up with the heights and colors of the plants to add the most interest.

Trailing plants are vital, spilling out of the window box planter and cascading downward to add further depth to the display.  They add an exotic touch and help to balance the look.


Speaking of climbers and trailers, it's interesting to experiment with mixed plant materials for unusual effects.  For example, two different types of climbing vines may be placed close together to scramble up through one another.  Perhaps the ivy with handsome glossy foliage, and a sweet pea to twine up through it.


Lastly, ask yourself if you were walking by your house what do you think would look great?  Then ask yourself if you were sitting inside the house looking out what would you like to see?  Make sure all your hard work can be seen from both view.

Even if you have no yard at all you can still look out your window at stunning flowers blooming and lush greenery.
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Post Last Updated: 1/11/2017 4:02:06 PM 

DIY Seashell Window Box Garden Planter

Make a Shell Window Box Garden Planter
You don't have to live at the beach to bring a touch of the beach to your home.  Here is a DIY tutorial on how to make a window box planter that is covered in seashells.

Decorated window boxes provide a delightful finish to windows, almost bringing the garden into your house.  Being flat-fronted, they are also easier to decorate than round pots.  Here mussel shells lend impact to a coordinated planting of lavender and violas.  Experiment with different shapes, using some mussel shells face up and others face down.


Small terracotta window box planter (we got em here)
Mussel Shells
Glue Gun
Crocks or Pebbles
Slow release plant food granules
2 lavender plants
tray of viola plants
Start out by laying your pattern out on a table so you can get an idea of how to proceed before gluing them on the planter.  When finished, glue the shells on the side of the window box planter.

Crocks or pebbles over the drain holes inside the window box.  Fill the planter with compost, adding plant food as you go.  Place the lavenders at the back of the box. Press extra compost in front of them till it is the right height for the violas.  Plant the violas next.

Press more compost firmly around all the plants and water the window box container generously.  Place the planter in an area that gets partial sunlight, keep the soil moist but not wet and enjoy your own DIY Window Box Planter.
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Post Last Updated: 12/8/2016 3:59:19 PM 

Let's Grow A Kitchen Garden

When you think of gardening do you think of all the work, mess and time it will take to take on a project like this?  Have you ever thought about how much easier it would be to take this project inside and scale it down to a manageable size?  Well here are some tips that should help you decide that even you can handle an indoor garden.

Many types of fruits and veggies can be grown in garden containers indoors but the easiest indoor garden to grow is herbs.  Do you like fresh herbs?  They are so easy to grow that the decision of what to plant them in should take more time than the planting.  We love traditional clay flowerpots.  This type of pot breathes and keeps the roots of the herbs healthy and happy.  But, we would like to suggest some fun containers like tea cups, hanging pots, animal pots, and chalkboard pots.

Place the containers in a sunny window or spot in the kitchen where they will get plenty of sunlight.  Buy the herbs as starter plants or use seeds.  Water lightly, mist often and don't wet the leaves.  When you want to harvest the potted herbs do it with a light hand and keep it easy until the herbs are really set and stable.
Suggested indoor garden herbs:
Basil - Bay Leaves - Chives - Cilantro - Dill - Mint - Oregano - Parsley - Rosemary
All easy to grow, all perfect to have on hand for cooking.
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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 12:56:01 PM 

Windowsill Gardens


Creat a garden where you never knew you had rooom for one:  indoors on a windowsill with eastern or southern exposure.

 31137-WindowsillStart a windowsill garden by taking cuttings from some of your favorite indoor and outdoor plants and rooting them in water. 

Use pruners or a sharp knife to cut a 3 to 4 inch stem, strip off the bottom leaves and place the cut stem in a small container of water.

If you like, choose colorful containers and set them on a windowsill for a pretty effect.
Although it doesn't suit every plant, rooting plants in water is the easiest propagation method.  Change the water in the containers weekly because stale water turns cloudy and detracts from the attractiveness of the arrangement.  More importantly, bacteria may develop and create unhealthy medium for the plants.  Enjoy cuttings during the winter months, then transplant them into containers and set them outdoors for the summer.
Most plants thrive only a limited time without soil in which to spread their 31139-Windowsill-Gardens roots.  When you transplant rooted cuttings into a garden planter of potting mix, remember that the roots they form in water are fine and delicate. Keep the potting soil mix moist to avoid shocking the plants and to allow new roots a chance to grow.

However, cuttings that are rooted ins oil should be watered once when they are planted in a planter of soil to begin developing and not again until the soil is almost dry.
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Post Last Updated: 12/8/2016 11:33:21 AM 

Plant A Colorful Windowbox.

Now is the time to think about next Spring.  Who doesn't like to welcome your guests into your home with a warm and inviting entryway?

Well here are a few tips on how to
a colorful window box that provides a cheerful greeting!
A Choose a lightweight planter with holes in the bottom for drainage or a wonderful clay planter made of real terracotta.  Either way get a plastic liner that slips in and out of the decorative container.

This allows you to switch the planting easily as the seasons change.
Use all purpose potting soil and fill the bottom of the planter with our pot filler, packing peanuts, corks, crushed cans or anything light that will take up space, not add weight and help so you don't need to use as much soil.  Minimizing the weight will really help to prolong the life of the planter.

Mix in slow release fertilizer which provides nutrients to the plants for several months.  Moisten the potting soil well.

Select plants according to preferred light exposure and how frequently you will be able to water.  Space them closely for a full look and of course add something to trail over the planters edge. 
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Post Last Updated: 12/8/2016 11:45:16 AM 

Flaming Red Windowbox.

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The intense red flower of the potted pelargoniums, verbena and nasturtiums are emplasized by a few yellow nasturtiums and the variegated ivy, but cooled slightly by the soothing blue green of the nasturtiums umbrealla shaped leaves.  Since nasturtiums are prone to attack by blackfly, treat at the first site of infestation with a suitable insecticide and the plants will remain healthy.  Plant in late spring or early summer for greatest success.

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What you will need to complete this project is:
1.  20" terracotta clay windowbox garden planter.
2.  compost
3.  slow release plant food.
4.  (2) red zonal pelargoniums
5.  (2) nasturtiums 1 red, 1 yellow
6.  Red verbena
7.  Variegated ivies
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Post Last Updated: 12/19/2016 12:38:00 PM 

Winter Windowsill Herb Garden.

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Garden herbs are easy to grow outside and indoors.  Now that winter is here move them indoors so that you have fresh herbs all season long.  Hardy describes most potted herbs.  If you give them the right light, temperature and watering you will have their bright and bold flavors at your fingertips all winter long.

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Make sure the potted herbs get at least four to six hours a day of bright sunlight.  A south or east facing window is a must.  Give the soil a good soaking after planting, then water thoroughly only when the soil is dry to the touch.  Depending on the herbs you potted and the container, this could be as often as daily or as spaced out as once a week.
To keep the potted herbs lush and green, feed ever other week with a liquid fertilizer.  Watch for spider mites and aphids.  At first sign spray with a homemade solution of two drops dish soap per quart of water.  While potted herbs grown outside can handle poor soil, this is not true for plants growing inside.  Plant them in the best potting soil mix you can find and afford.  Take your herb garden outdoors, at the end of the season and re-pot in larger containers. 
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Post Last Updated: 12/19/2016 12:47:53 PM 

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Stacy 4/16/2014 7:46:19 PM 
Love the pots! They are exactly what I am looking for! How can I purchase them?

Windowbox Garden Planters

You really don't need to be an expert to create a lush, stunning, window box garden planter.  By following a few easy steps listed below, you should be able to create a Arizona Pottery planter that is just as lovely for your home or garden area.
Of course, the first place to start is with a windowbox garden planter.  We recommend a lightweight, rectangular shaped box, that has a way to connect to a wall securely.  A poly resin planter is nice because it is lightweight, super durable, large enough to hold a display of colorful plant materials and easy to locate and purchase.  If you can find one with removable drain plugs, even better, because then you can control when and if the water drains.

Start with a good lightweight soil mix that contains water absorbent crystals.  By adding them you can increase the amount of water the soil can hold.  Add a slow release fertilizer and make sure it is mixed in well.  Prepare the plant materials.

This is a fun step and when you can get most creative.  Select your favorite plants, change the look each season, or take a trip to the local nursery and see what is being promoted at that time of year.  Try to mix up the plants.  Use trailing vines and plants that stand upright.  This will add depth and interest.


Make sure they are planted close to together, using up to 20 plants per
windowbox, but also don't over crowd.  Leave room for plant growth.  Keep placing them and tucking them into each other until you get the look you are striving for.  Remember that the planter can only hold so much weight so don't over pack.  Pack around the plants with more potting soil and make sure there are no air pockets left

Keep the window box planters watered.  Try to water each morning for the best results.  The amount of water needed will depend on where the sun hits them, if it's a windy day and what type of plants are being used.

These types of planters are fun to create, easy to maintain and will add an ornamental look to the side of any home or garden area. 

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Post Last Updated: 12/22/2016 4:35:15 PM 

Melody of Pink In This Garden Planter

How would you like to duplicate this stunning garden planter?  We can show you how with a few simple tricks we discovered.  Just follow the steps and you will see how easy this is to do.


In a basket weave rectangle garden
planter, sugar pink petunias are planted with ivy leaved pelargoniums and shaggy flowered pink dianthus with a deep red eye.  None of these plants require depth for its roots and provided they are fed and watered regularly, this will be very happy.  Of course any rectangle garden planter will work but we love the look of the basket weave.


First fill the base of the window box
shaped planter with a layer of washed gravel or a thin layer of pot filler.  Then add the compost or potting soil mixing in 2 teaspoons of plant food granules.  Now you can start the planting process.
Plant the tow pelargoniums 4 inches from either end of the window box.  Next is the petunia's, evenly spaced along the back edge of the rectangle.  Lastly plant four dinathus along the front edge, and the other tow on either side of the central petuna.  That's it!


We recommend you spread a thin layer of gravel around the plants.  Besides being decorative it also helps to retain the moisture and keep the soil from being wash away.  Make sure you place the planter in a sunny place so it get a lot of natural sunlight.
Once summer is over, the petunias and pelargoniums will need to be removed.  The dianthus will overwinter quite happily.  Just cut off any flower stems and add a fresh layer of gravel. Be sure and plant in Late Spring or early summer.
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:41:49 AM 

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