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Every year I look forward to preparing my winter container garden. I usually wait for the interior decoration until December, but I think I can start with a garden pot in November. It’s good to gather everything together if the earth hasn’t frozen yet! My black iron urn contains compositions from the four seasons. Winter is the most varied because I’m not trying to keep anything alive. It’s just a good choice of spruce and cedar branches, sticks, maybe pine or Magnolia leaves and one or two accessories.

Gather materials for your winter container garden

First you need to gather your supplies. Sometimes it takes a few days to pull yourself together. I like to go shopping and look at what’s going on in the various local daycare centers, but I usually have an idea for a theme or color in my head. At Savvy Gardening, we also like to shop in our gardens.

When cutting branches and branches yourself, you need to make sure that you make neat cuts and do not turn the ax into a poor and unsuspecting tree. Here are some tips for “cutting safely”. I have several varieties of cedar in my garden that I always use (they are free – ninety-nine!). I will complement the design with pine branches from a local nursery and other interesting greens — Magnolia leaves, multicolored pine leaves, yew, etc.

last year I took a few branches of Euonymus. I also like to slightly increase the height with sticks. And a few years ago, on a hike, I found the ideal birch branch that I cut for my winter container garden almost every year.

Finally, gather all the accessories and materials that you want to use: ribbon, lanterns, garland, seed boxes, ornaments, fun objects on a stick (you will understand what I mean from some ideas below).

Gathering all together

When you are ready for assembly, all that remains is to look and put everything down. Some people pour soil into their containers to increase the height (and, depending on where you live, to freeze the branches on the spot). Here is an article I wrote about the application of the idea of choosing fillers for winter containers. When adding materials, take a step back and see what your pot looks like, making small changes and additions as needed.

Garden ideas in winter containers

Decorate, decorate, decorate with accessories! I think it’s always fun to have an unexpected decorative element. Every year I see funny objects on sticks (or that can be added to the sticks to fix them in the jar) — skis, pine cones, twinkling stars, dummy sticks, bells, dummy berries, etc. my favorite is a rusty metal deer with a beautiful patina that, after the holidays, does not look like Christmas at all.

Add unexpected greens

Pine and cedar are pretty standard, so sometimes I like to add another element of greenery to the leaves. I once fell in love with the colorful branches of the ostrolist (in fact, you can find cute artificial branches that can be reused every year). They added a pleasant contrast. I also like the double-sided Magnolia leaves, which give the mixture a brown color, and the sparkling character of the eucalyptus, which is sown due to its texture.

Decorate the evergreen foliage

This year I took a look at the perfectly shaped Alberta dwarf spruce and decided to decorate it and install it in my urn. I was a little doubtful that she would survive the winter, but the garden center assured me that everything would be fine. But just in matter, I pasted the apple box she came in with a landscape fabric and filled the empty spaces around the pot with autumn leaves.

It also helped when I Added a “skirt” of cedar branches. The composition is next to the house and under the canopy, overall, I hope it has enough insulation.

Source color sticks

There are so many colorful branches in my local nurseries — red and yellow dogwood, curly willow, Burgundy willow and more. I also take the same birch trunks that I found on a hike and brought home in a backpack a few years ago.

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