Winter planter gardens
How to make winter planters
When frost turns the contents of your outdoors planters into a blackened mushy mess; rather than dragging the pots into storage, think about sprucing up and adding a little green to your planters for the Holiday season. Winter planter gardens are a great way to continue to “garden” during the winter months.
A great way to redecorate your outdoor container is to add a spruce tree tops along with assorted evergreens and foliage such as pine tips, blueberried juniper, incensed cedar, oregonia, red huck, ruscus, or dyed seeded eucalyptus. Insert a spruce tree top into the soil in the center of the pot and add pine tips or greens all around the edge of the planer to fill in.
Once you have the basic design, get creative! Peruse your yard for additional natural items such as sticks (Red twig dogwood), birch sticks, curly willow, Winterberry, dried pods, and pine cones. These will add a vertical accent to your planter garden. To brighten your planters add colorful holiday picks, artificial berries and finish off with holiday lights.
You can purchase many items at your garden center or local craft stores. Once you are finished arranging your winter planter continue to water until a freeze. Freezing temperatures will harden the soil surface and keep your container intact through the winter. Spraying the greens with a wilt stop will also help keep them green.
A video is worth a thousand words. Here’s a demostration from Hawthorn garden center on how to make your own spruce tree top container the quick and easy way. http://youtu.be/uNVrJeBLnVQ