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DIY Silver & White Winter Planter

Posted on December 4, 2019 in House + Home, All Videos, Holiday Ideas

Written by West Coast Gardens

Does your front doorway need a winter planter for the season? Sure, the usual annuals and summer blooms won't survive the cold, but you can create a gorgeous winter greens planter with boughs of fir, pine, eucalyptus and more! This Silver and White Celebration container garden is overflowing with cut winter greenery, natural accents and a bit of sparkle!

Jason preps this large pot with potting soil, a great base for anchoring your greens and branches in place! (PRO-TIP: You can also re-use a finished planter from last season. To prepare a used pot from last season, simply sheer the tops of the old plants off from their roots and clean the top of the soil. The roots in the soil are a perfect anchor to hold your greens in place.)

Start with the tallest branches/poles in the centre of your planter. The basic rule of thumb is for your final greens arrangement to be double the height and double the width. (So, if your pot is 16" tall and 12" wide, you will want to have the arrangement that is 32" tall and 24" wide.)

winter planter in silver and white
winter planter in silver and white
winter planter in silver and white

Next, create a collar using greens around the rim of the pot, to define the overall width of the arrangement. Jason uses silver fir boughs here, turning them over to showcase the pale white needles which fit in beautifully with the theme of this winter planter.

Finally, add in the greenery tight against these poles/branches to secure them in place. Fill up the centre of your design with greens that stagger in height, decreasing as you get farther from the centre. Bright green douglas fir, long-needled white pine, juniper and seed pod eucalyptus branches create interesting textures and varied shades of green!

Accents are a great way to add interest. Faux berries, like these picks of white and blue, come in a variety of styles. A few shiny baubles create reflections and immediately bring the Christmas spirit to this arrangement!

For this Silver and White Celebration planter, Jason used the following (but of course, you can get creative and use the boughs and branches you love, or are available to you)

  • silver fir
  • douglas fir
  • white pine
  • juniper
  • California sapphire
  • eucalyptus seed pods
  • faux berries on picks
  • baubles on picks
  • frosted white pinecones
  • white branches

Even though these winter planter arrangements are not living, they need to be watered once a week, with cold water, to help keep the greens fresh. In climates where freezing is normal, once the arrangement is frozen, you can leave it. In climates where it doesn't freeze often, you will need to water more often.

Enjoy your beautiful winter greens planter this year, every time you or your family comes home! (We're pretty sure your guests will love it too!)

 

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