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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.


If you’ve got the space, use it to full effect. This majestic arrangement, nestled behind a low boxwood hedge against a backdrop of deciduous trees, was placed so the owners view it from their back window. Jim mounded soil into the planter, then placed overhanging pine and blue spruce branches at the edges. He introduced taller plants further into the centre, alternating with more layers of soil and gra­dually working his way up with luscious berries and seed pods.

Plant material list:
  • Brown lacquered sticks
  • Oregonia
  • B.C. cedar
  • Silver fir
  • Italian viburnum
  • Boxwood tips
  • Seru fino pods
  • Carolina sapphire
  • Eucalyptus pods
  • Robusta eucalyptus
  • Magnolia tips

* 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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