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Five lush winter planters that will last until spring

Tara Nolan
Photography by
Donna Griffith

With a little special attention, a beautiful arrangement can hold its own through the cold season.


The square planters influenced the linear design of these symmetrical showpieces. Jim avoided a traditional palette, choosing instead vibrant yellow and chartreuse pops of colour. Boxwood tips, carefully cut to size, were layered around the edge of the container, followed by a layer of oregonia inside the boxwood. They create a frame to hold the bright African greens in the middle of the arrangement. Curly willow sticks provide height and curvy appeal.

Plant material list:

  • Curly willow
  • Oregonia
  • African greens
  • Magnolia
  • B.C. hemlock
  • Fake pears
  • Boxwood tips
  • Silver fir
  • Italian viburnum

* Check out our story, Create an elegant evergreen planter, for step-by-step tips on creating these types of winter containers.


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