Most of us think that colorful outdoor planters are for spring and summer. With days getting shorter and weather getting cooler, don’t we wish to be surrounded by vibrant colors and greens even more?
There may be less flowers to choose from, but even in very cold climates, nature has plenty to offer. We can create gorgeous outdoor planters from plants, cuttings, or a mixture of both!
We will look at :
1. How to use a variety of evergreens, colorful berries, seed pods,and branches to create outdoor planters and arrangements, with plants and cuttings which last for weeks and months!
2. How to add other decorative elements such as ribbons and ornaments to create beautiful Christmas planters.
3. How to choose pots and urns for these container gardens.
The festive season will be upon us before we know it. These splendid outdoor planters will be such fun DIY projects to make for our Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations!
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1 & 2. Best plants and cuttings for a winter outdoor planter.
Here are the most popular plants and elements used in some of my favorite winter outdoor planters: Conifers such as Pine, Cedar, Spruce, etc.
Evergreen trees and shrubs such as Magnolia, Eucalyptus, Boxwood, Holly, Privet, etc.
Colorful berries from red, yellow to purple.
Actually, you can create a mini version of these planters for a table decor centerpiece using the same elements! Below is a super easy Christmas centerpiece I made, and tutorial here!
3 & 4. Choosing containers for a winter outdoor planter.
When choosing a container for an outdoor winter or Christmas planter, we need to consider the following-
Size: Is it the right scale for the space?
Material: Can it withstand the outdoor winter temperature, snow, rain, etc? For example, when we lived north of Seattle for 6 months, many terra cotta pots we brought from California cracked due to rain and freeze.
Get Creative: If you can find something you absolutely love, such as a real or faux stone urn, go for it. There are also many possibilities by putting durable plastic pots inside something more stylish. such as or.
The vintage milk tin idea is here.
Pam at House of Hawthornes used a gorgeous harvest basket, you can check out her wonderful project here.
5 & 6 . How to make an outdoor planter arrangement.
Here is a wonderful tutorial on how to create your own winter outdoor planter with birch, magnoloa and conifer branches.
Another beautiful example of the birch – magnolia – conifer mixed planter.
If you love greenery in winter, you may also like to learn this fool-proof method on how to grow beautiful indoor plants easily in glass bottles and water!
7 – 10. Add festive details to your Christmas planters.
To add more festive style to the planters, use red berries such as Holly branches, ribbons, or even realistic looking Red Cardinals like these!