With the winter come bright shinning lights, holiday cheer and family! If you are anything like me, you absolutely love the season’s changing – especially in winter, because that means, new seasonal coffee at Wawa and holiday shopping. A lot of people I know get really sad once winter comes – maybe it’s the shorter daylight, the excessive traffic and lack of weekend beach vacations. Whatever the case may be, I’m here to suggest the perfect seasonal (winter) planter.
Seasonal Planter: these planters aren’t just great for a blast of spring and summer color, they’re great for changing out in times of need. Talk to your Landscape Representative to have a seasonal planter change out scheduled, or follow the steps below for DIY!
1. You’ll need a centerpiece for draw the eye to your planter think; Sky pencil Holly (Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil') or Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’). These evergreens are great in the middle, because they will provide the height for the container. For this planter, I used a Dwarf Alberta Spruce.
2. Next, you’ll need a few fillers. For this portion think; Winterberry Holly – cuttings or entire plant (Ilex verticillata), winter Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana), Pine cones found in your turf, dried Eucalyptus branches, Cedar cuttings, Red or Yellow Twig Dogwood branches (Cornus sericea 'Cardinal) and ‘spent’ Hydrangea blooms. The fillers act as the showstopper portion of the container. The fillers will provide texture, movement and color interest. You can use as many of these plants/cuttings as you want, to get the desired fullest of your container.
For my fillers, I used Calluna bud bloomer (Calluna vulgaris), a cabbage I had left over from my fall planter, and several cuttings of Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillatta).
3. As an added ‘wow’ factor you could add a spiller, such as, English Ivy (Hedera helix). You could also add a bow to the center evergreen, outdoor lighting and holiday ornaments.
For my spiller, I used Creeping Wire Vine (Muehlenbeckia axillaris) and added a bow to my Dwarf Alberta Spruce.
*Tip: If you are filling two planters at the front door, make sure you complete each step to both, before moving on – this will help make the planters identical. If you have any questions or want more suggestions for the plants to use, please give us a call! I hope this has provided you with a little more winter cheer.