Holiday Container Ideas

My kitchen window looks out at my front door — and as I type this, when I look up I see the half done holiday containers sitting there.  (they are taunting me)

I lost momentum, because my design is just not doing it for me.  I am trying to think of a way to quickly and cheaply salvage the thought and materials already invested….I think pomegranates or oranges (or both) might be the answer…..and maybe some of the flower heads of my huge Miscanthus.  (I will share pictures and a full list of supplies if they look better after this weekends tinkering).

But of course, as I sit perplexed as how to make the  this years planters better, I have just decided what I might do for next year.  My house is dark so one of my issues is that dark greens don’t really show up against the house (which is part of my problem this year when I went with purple/red eucalyptus as a central design element).  So in the spirit of something brighter yet, still holiday-ish.  How is this for a planter idea.

holiday container inspiration by studio 'g' blog Rochelle Greayer

Yellow Willow for the centerpiece (or yellow dogwood), blue spruce, variegated boxwood, and golden cypress for the greens.  Add in dried cotton still on the stems and some planted white heather.  The balls on the bottom left are amazing — I found them at Christmas Baubles for Sale — unfortunately, they are 97 buck for 6 (ouch!!) but the biggest is 12″ the middle 10″ and the smallest is 8″ — and you do get 2 of each — so maybe it might be something to split with a friend?

What do you think about bows?  Personally, I am not a ‘bow person’.  But, I think it might need something — at least on the wreath. I included the bow because I do love burlap and if I were doing this, I think perhaps I would maybe make the bow a bit more floppy-sloppy to take the “bow” edge off — like this.

burlap bow

Oh, and I am about to buy this fake blue spruce wreath to go with it since it seems to already be on an ‘after Christmas’ holiday sale.

jcpenny holiday wreath blue spruce prelit

Pre-lit blue spruce wreath from JCPenny.

But if I still lived in England, I think I would have to go with one of Miss Pickerings blue spruce wreaths….like this one….or if you click through you will see the utterly gorgeous creations from past years.

miss pickering blue spruce wreath

What do your holiday containers look like?  Did they come out particularly nice — if so, and you want to share…shoot me an email.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

5 Comments

  1. Andrew on December 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Your materials look great and it’ll be neat to see how it turns out. I haven’t really used any Spruce (ouch!).

    With Bows/Ribbon I try to stick to only using bows on wreaths, loops of ribbon wired and fastened into containers seem to work better.

    My container at home looks pretty bland but here are some I’ve done at work this winter.

    • rochelle on December 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm

      andrew!!! your containers rock!!! can I post a few pictures in case people don’t go to flickr?

  2. linda on December 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Great ideas!

    Linda
    http://www.solenalandcape.com

  3. Andrew on December 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Sure no problem, glad you liked them.

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