I’m so ahead of myself this year! Last year I waited too long to get my winter window boxes done. As a result, the dirt was frozen solid so everything had to be sort of placed on top of it. That really doesn’t work well at all, so this year I was determined to not let that happen. Maybe I overcompensated just a little, but the weather was so lovely last week that I decided I would get a jump on them.
I think the trick to a gorgeous window box is to fill it chock full, and here is how I make that happen.
I start by placing in my twig lights, spruce tops and some filler evergreens. I purchased the evergreens from Bachman’s (my local nursery). I spent about $60 for enough evergreens for my front window box, my two galvanized boiler window boxes, a planter on my deck and some small planters that hang on the mailbox post that I share with nnK.
Those twig looking things are my twig lights. Each end has a little light on it. Last year I wasn’t able to use them because the boxes were too frozen to poke them in the dirt. I mentioned this to one of the clerks at Bachman’s and she recommended using a drill (to drill a hole in the frozen dirt) should this happen again. Great idea! But easier in the long run to just get this done before the dirt freezes solid!
Once I have a base of greens I fill in with lots of hydrangeas.
It would cost me an arm and a leg to purchase enough stuff to fill in this huge window box, so I sort of wander around my garden looking for dried plants that might add some interest, like these alium flowers …
I don’t know what these are called, but they grow from the ferns.
I also added some dried Astilbe flowers.
As Christmas gets closer, I’ll add some more festive yuletide touches to the window box, but for now it just has a simple wintery appeal.
I used a similar process on my galvanized boiler turned window box that is hung on the side of the Carriage House.
I went with a bit more color in this one though. With the exception of the spruce top and the ornamental kale, everything in this arrangement was salvaged from my garden (well, or nnK’s garden across the street).
I have used hydrangea, sedum, lavender, foam flower and burning bush.
I also tucked my garden cranes in this year. I purchased these at a garage sale several years ago.
I put away most of my garden planters for the winter, but I add a winter arrangement to this large planter so I have something nice to look at when I come home every day.
That planter, by the way, is faux. It looks like concrete, but really it’s a Styrofoam like material that is very light. I purchased it at a garage sale (naturally).
This year I decided to add some birch logs to this arrangement. It’s all the rage you know, and I have to say I really love the look.
This arrangement is mostly evergreens with a few hydrangeas in the front. I purchased those tall brush-like things last year and last spring they were still in good enough condition to put away for use again this year. This year I’ll save the birch logs to re-use as well.
You can see that my ironstone platter with my house numbers on it is holding up really well. This is another plate that I did with my Cricut and some vinyl. It has been hanging outside since June and the vinyl isn’t peeling at all.
Well, I hope I’ve inspired you to go gather some things from your garden and put together some winter arrangements whether inside or out.