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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 

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 

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.

 16139 Windowbox-Planter-Ariozna-Pottery
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 

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 

Create This Window Box

This look is romantic and colorful.  It works on a large patio area where you have lots of room to plant and grow potted flowers.  As you can see in the photo is also works where space is limited and you must utilize every inch.  Enjoy a early morning cup of coffee sitting at this table or a romantic dinner for two.  Either way this look is sure to please.
Starting from left you have:
The pink is a popular bloodleaf grown mostly for foliage, loves full sun.
Next is the arrow shaped saliva leaves that will open to spires of long purple flowers.   Then comes the blue Brazilian verbena already in flower and shown inside a terracotta clay rectangle planter.  We love this flower.  The climber on the trellis is a showy pink mandevilla vine that flaunts gorgeous trumpet shaped flowers as the vine scales the wall.  The window box planter on the window is filled with shade tolerant pink impatiens.  These are so popular and great for garden containers of all sizes.  The dark green climber on the back trellis is a green glossy gardenia leaf that will bloom a white blossom and the smell is heavenly.  Lastly are the planter boxes along the railing that are filled with the love annuals called petunias in a mix of pinks and purples.

See how easy this is to create - give it a go and tell us how it worked for you!
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:44:32 AM 

Step By Step Directions On How To Make This Window Box

A small window box planter takes on unexpected grandeur when filled with rich, velvety purples and pinks, and placed in a stylish setting.  You need a 12" garden pot, heliptrope, 2 - Violas, 4 - lobelias, compost and slow release plant food granules.
Step 1.  Check the drainage holes are open in the base and if not, drill them or punch them out.  You need good drainage in this planter.  Most of the containers we sell at Arizona Pottery have drain holes but just make sure if you are using your own.  Fill with compost, mixing in a teaspoon of slow release plant food granules.  Plant the heliotrope in the center at the back.
Step 2.  Plant the violas at either end of the garden planter in the back corners.  Plant the verbena centrally in front of the heliptrope.
Step 3.  Plant two of the lobelias on either side of the verbena and the others between the heliptrope and the violas.  Water throughly and place in partial shade.
Be sure to dead-head the violas regularly to keep them flowering, and pinch out any straggly stems.  Best to plant in Spring.

Use garden gloves to protect your hands or a garden trowel to aid in the dirt digging.

This design is easy to do and beautiful once blooming but it will not last past one season so make sure you place it where it can be enjoyed.
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 8:04:35 AM 

A Colorful Windowbox Idea

Window box garden planters are a great way to display color flowers and lush green plants.  However, they all look the same.  Here are a few suggestions for creating the planter shown above, using our Italian Roman Rectangle.
 14115This is a stunning terracotta clay Italian rectangle, that is covered in a Fluer-de-lis pattern.  Very traditional and elegant.  The clay that these pots are made out of is smooth, silky and lush.  Italian clay is known in the industry as the most wonderful clay products being produced.

Each one is baked to a golden terracotta color and is compact and hard.  This surface makes painting the clay much easier than an porous clay.  We recommend sealing the planter before you paint and after you paint, to prolong the life of the paint

Click here to view or purchase this planter.

We love this blue acrylic paint next to the white pelargonium flowers.
  The contrast is stunning and bright.  Make sure the planter is clean, then seal it with out pottery sealer.  Let it dry.  Put on a couple of coats of acrylic paint and let them dry.  Reseal.  Cover the drain holes in the bottom from our "pot filler" , pebbles, pot shards (shown) to keep the soil from running out.  Next fill the planter with a good potting mix.  Add a slow release plant food and get ready to plant the flowers.


Make a small hole in the soil with your hand or a small garden trowel.  Place the pelargonium in the center of the planter.  Next take the felicia and place on each side of the pelargonium, at the back of the container.  Then take a verbena and place on each side in the front of the garden planter.   Pack down the soil but don't hard pack it.  Water well and place in a sunny position.
 14112Here are the plants we recommend to get the same look as shown in the photos above.  You will need:

1 - White Pelargonium

2 - Variegated Felicias

2 - White trailing verbenas

Note:  White pelargoniums need regular dead-heading to look their best.  Old flowerheads discolour and quickly spoil the appearance of the plant.

Plant in late spring or early summer.
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Post Last Updated: 12/20/2016 3:00:14 PM 

Watering Your Planter Pottery


Watering plants in decorative containers may seem like it's a simple task.  However, to do it correctly is an acquired art and a very important one at that.  You cannot leave it entirely to nature because rain tends to bounce off the leaves of the healthiest plants and doesn't soak into the soil at all.


This obviously can create quite the problems.
Garden pottery that is planted and placed outside can dry out quickly on 13389 roasting hot days.  Wind is also very damaging to them and will dry them out just as fast as not watering at all.  Plants in the ground have a root systems  that can spread and find water sources that a potted plant can't get to.

When it gets really warm you may even have to water two times a day instead of one.  You need to keep checking the conditions of the soil and make the adjustments necessary.
Here are a few tips to help make this process less complicated and more interesting.  Stick you finger in it!!! That's right.  Just stick a finger in the soil and test for moisture.  Another way is to keep an eye on the leaves and look for wilting or brown spots.


Try to water the potted flowers first thing in the morning so that the water doesn't evaporate in the afternoon heat before it has a chance to bathe the roots.  Morning not good? then water at night after the sun goes down.  Just avoid over watering, which can bring on disease and pest from rotting roots
The best water is rainwater or cold water.  If you water is really hard you can even boil it but this isn't really necessary.  Don't allow your potted plants to get waterlogged.  Make sure there is a drain hole in the planter you choose or drill one in.  If you use a saucer tip it after a half hour if still full of run off water.

For window boxes take your time watering.  Make sure you don't just wet the top 2 inches of soil.  Wait till the water comes out the bottom and the container compost remains moist.  Get all corners of the box and not just the center.  This will keep the roots from bunching in the middle and stunting their growth.  Use the whole planter!

Hanging baskets are lovely in spring and summer but they need daily watering so don't start one if you can't make the commitment.  On very hot days you should water morning and evening.  Since they are suspended out in the elements they take a lot of abuse and welcome a tender hand.  You can even take them down and immerse them in a large bucket of water if the do dry out.  In the cooler fall months water only when dry. 
 13392Lastly, give your potted plants and flowers a little spray.  All plants like to feel clean cold water on their leaves, flowers and stems.  You don't want to be heavy handed here so using a spray bottle is the best way to do it.  A gently mist that surrounds the plant is what you want.  When using a watering can on the roots you want to make sure the soil is moist but getting a light mist on the plants is perfect!!

Give it a go!
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 10:25:51 AM 

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