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To Make your Investment Last ALL Season!
In the spring gardeners/decorators/landscapers get excited that the weather is warming up and that they can start to create their beautiful combination planters in the beautiful pots that they have purchased. For many of you the pots/containers that you use are a pretty good size investment since you were looking for just the ‘right’ pot. Your perfect container maybe made of molded plastic, clay, ceramic, wood, and so on. These containers quite often are the focal point of your yard, garden, or the front of your house. (Here are some combination ideas if you are interested HERE.)
Once the season turns and fall arrives you may plant some garden mums in your favorite pots for a great fall accent look. But after the first frost and the mums turn brown, your container sets empty and you are done with that container and decorating with it, until spring. For many of you this maybe what you are seeing right now.
I am here to tell you that the season does not have to end once the frost has hit and the snow fly’s! I was driving to Garden Crossings today and was shocked at all the great winter container planters that I saw. On my way home I stopped at a few of the homes that I had seen and took some pictures.
Here is a very simple arrangement that almost anyone could put together. This person just took their trimmed branches, presumably from their Christmas tree that need to be trimmed down and stuck them into the left behind dirt. It is very simple, easy to do and as I drove past at 55mph I saw it right away. Nice, Simple & Quick!
The Next house that I drove by and later returned to had this additional twist on their pine branches. They took their dormant grass plumes and added them in for some vertical interest and also this will give the container a little ‘motion’ . I really like to have a ‘thriller’ that adds motion to many of my personal combination planters. Below is another combination that I saw at this same residence (when I went to knock on the door and asked if they mined me taking photos) again, using the grass for height and motion and the pine boughs for a filler. Very Nice!
Here is a picture of a combination planter put together by someone who is very creative and used many dormant plants and flowers, but also added in some of the evergreen shrubs like Ilex and also utilized the bright red berries from the Ilex for an added zap of color. When I took a real close look at what all was in this combination I was surprised to see Milkweed-very neat touch. Also included was dried flowers from Hydrangea, dried seed pods, and a little field grass tops. Love it!
And finally the last home that I stopped at had another cool decorating idea. Here the home owner took her welcome planter and filled it with pine branches and berries for that zap of color. For height she took Red Twig Dogwood branches and left some their natural color of red and the spray painted others white. A very stunning touch for some added height and color. Also on the adjacent corner of her garage she took her urn planter and placed a wreath around the top(with lights) and stuck a big bunch of spray painted white branches for a great focal point planter.
I hope you feel inspired to refresh your containers and make the most out of your investment!
On today’s walk I noticed the small red berries on this Holly. Castle Spire™ Ilex x meserveae ‘Hachfee’ is an evergreen so it stays green all winter. Small red berries appear in the late fall and into winter for added late season interest. The berries make a special treat for the birds in the winter.
(Blue Holly) Castle Spire™ Ilex is a lovely, pyramidal blue holly with superior branching and large, lustrous, dark green leaves that change to red in the fall. The stately, narrow form makes it an excellent choice for hedges, foundation plantings, or even as a dramatic specimen. Birds will enjoy the bright red berries in the fall and winter. Castle Spire™ is a vigorous new plant that is a vast improvement over older varieties. Use Castle Wall™ Ilex as the male pollinator in a nearby planting. A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrub.