14 Holiday Container Garden Ideas That Will Impress Your Guests
Use a Mix of Branches
You can pack in lots of eye-catching colors and textures with branches cut from a variety of trees and shrubs. For this holiday container arrangement, fresh sprays of Deodar cedar create a crown of green around the rim. Lichen-covered sticks, yellow dogwood twigs, and seedpod-laden branches from Port Orford cedar provide some height. An assortment of pine cones wired to wooden picks, dried roses, and redwood seedpods round out the display.
Decorate with Colorful Fruit
Trim a small tree with citrus for a winter porch pot that looks like a mini decorated Christmas tree. To recreate our look, wind a clementine garland around an evergreen boxwood shrub, and fill in under it with Granny Smith apples. You can make a fruit garland by threading a large crafts needle with twine and pulling the needle through the fruit. For even spacing, knot the twine on both sides of each fruit. As long as temperatures stay above freezing, your fruit will keep looking fresh, but you might want to use a natural repellent like hot pepper wax spray to discourage hungry critters.
Create a Classic Holiday Combination
When you really want your winter container displays to emphasize your Yuletide celebrations, combine the traditional Christmas colors, red and green. Some evergreen branches from pine and juniper, accented with sprays of winterberry and redtwig dogwood make a festive and fun arrangement you can enjoy for the holidays and into the new year. Try adding a little extra color by painting dried eucalyptus seeds red and tucking them in around the edge of your container.
Show Off Live Plants
Use dwarf evergreen conifers as the centerpieces for a lush winter container garden. Some hardy choices we have in this red planter include 'Baby Blue' false cypress, 'Goldcrest' Monterey cypress, 'Taylor' juniper, and 'Emerald Gaiety' variegated wintercreeper. Make sure to keep this container garden watered, then plant these conifers in your garden when spring arrives.
Dress Up a Collection of Smaller Pots
Potted evergreens are a great way to add lasting seasonal color to your winter porch decorations. You can make the set-up easy, too: Instead of planting them, find creative ways to cover their plastic pots. Here, strips of birch bark do the job. Oversize Christmas ornaments add a little shimmer and balls of woven grapevine echo their round shape.
Turn Window Boxes into Wonderlands
Window boxes can be just as eye-catching in winter as they are in summer when you fill them with plenty of greenery and berries. This stunning example includes boughs cut from white fir, Fraser fir, juniper, and Southern magnolia. A splash of bold scarlet comes from winterberry stems (which can look good through January or so, when birds might start snacking on them). Dried flower heads from globe thistle add fun texture and set off the smaller juniper berries.
Create an Elegant Look
Less is more with this white and green color palette for a winter window box. This example features cedar boughs, dried baby's breath flowers, and pussy willow branches. You can get a similar look by using white varieties of dried globe amaranth, strawflower, or yarrow. A light dusting of snow against the dark green cedar will make your white accents stand out even more beautifully.
Mix Dried and Fresh Plant Material
In this bold winter container arrangement, dried branches of curly willow and yellowtwig dogwood almost appear to burst out of a mound of fresh juniper boughs. A ring of Southern magnolia leaves, eucalyptus, and dried hydrangea flowers fills out the rest of the container, while sprigs of red winterberry add a touch of bright color to grab the eye.
Keep It Simple
Even a small holiday container garden can make a big impact. Start with a low-growing potted evergreen shrub ('Blue Star' juniper is shown here) and dress it up with a few branches, pine cones, and colorful ornaments (a faux bird in the branches is a fun touch). The result is a lovely outdoor tabletop display that's easy to move around as needed. Just remember to water your plant even in winter; if you live where it freezes, provide water whenever things warm up enough to thaw the soil.
Give new life to an old tomato cage by using it to add height to your holiday containers. Here, it surrounds a bundle of yellow dogwood branches (after getting wrapped up in string lights, of course). Dried eucalyptus covers the bottom, and a variety of evergreen branches fill out the pot and spill over the sides in a way that enhances the fountain-like effect of the tomato cage.
Focus on Earth Tones
Holiday displays can be just as festive when you stick with neutral colors. This winter container features soft shades of tan and brown from dried southern magnolia leaves and decorative curly willow branches. Faux sprigs of white berries and a bundled string of holiday lights tucked in the center of the arrangement add the perfect finishing touches.
Here's a subtle yet sophisticated nod to the holidays: a tower of three different sizes of moss-covered balls on a stake creates an abstract Christmas tree shape. Add them to a pair of winter pots by your front door for a formal entry sure to be remembered. Don't forget to fill in around the base with a few evergreen branches, pine cones, and extra moss.
Add a Little Light
When you need to throw together some porch pots to welcome guests to your next holiday gathering, here's a quick and easy idea to try. These winter containers create a festive atmosphere with just a couple of red pillar candles and some colorful ornaments in clear glass vases, nestled in a bed of dried moss.