Container Gardening

Winter Window Boxes

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We all have long lists of things to do before Christmas. There is the decorating outside, decorating inside, and the holiday shopping and baking. It feels great to get my window boxes decorated for the winter and checked off the list.

Don’t leave your window boxes and containers sit sad and empty. It’s fast and easy to green them up for the winter. Here’s how I did mine.

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I filled empty window boxes with blocks of oasis – a floral foam that soaks up water. These can be purchased at craft stores or local garden centers.

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I purchased greens from my favorite garden center, The Planter’s Palette.

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And I pruned branches of evergreens from the yard. If you plan to prune branches from your evergreens, do a little research first to ensure you won’t harm your specific types of trees or shrubs.

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I added the yew branches for height and the background first. I worked from the center outwards toward both sides.

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I softened the front and sides with blue-coned cedar. I chose this type of green because its soft blue cones coordinate with the color of my window boxes and it drapes beautifully over the edges.

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White pine was added next. It is my favorite green to use in containers of all kinds. Its long needles fill spaces with soft texture. Can you see the design beginning to take shape?

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With the bones of the design done, I began adding more colors and textures. Magnolia tips were used because their large leaves contrast with evergreen needles, and both sides of their leaves are pretty – glossy green fronts and soft brown backs.

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Variegated boxwood added touches of light.

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Blue eucalyptus echoed the color of the window boxes.

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Blueberry juniper added another touch of blue.

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Instead of a holiday bow, I fashioned a natural bow from lotus pods, magnolia leaves and blue eucalyptus.

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Here it is – one of the finished window boxes. One thing checked off the list. Grab some greens for your containers and garden with me!

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