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How to make Simple and Pretty Winter Evergreen Containers

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I’m so happy to show you these winter containers that I made using things from my garden and the forest. They turned out so pretty and cost me $0!


Galvanized Buckets for Christmas

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I found these cute galvanized Christmas buckets at the garden center last weekend. The had some nice details, pretty wooden handles and weren’t too expensive so I got a two.

I figured they’d look pretty for Christmas and can be used afterwards as well. I’ll just rotate them to hide the Christmas text, then plant them up with annuals for spring. Spring colors usually look pretty and fresh in silverish containers.

Hellebore ’Christmas Carol’ top dressed with white moss
Top row: Hellebore ’Christmas Carol’, Lawson’s cypress ’Ellwoodii’, Flaky Juniper ’Blue Carpet’
Bottom row: Heather ’Garden Girls’ , White Hyacinths

4 Shrubs that Look Amazing in Winter

December begun with temperatures down to 20 °F / -7°C 🥶☀️❄️ Even though it was cold it felt wonderful to be outside thanks to the sunlight. After 6 weeks of overcast and rain we finally got some sun!

The garden looked beautiful with all the frost and the sunlight. Here are four shrubs that look extra beautiful in winter.

#1 Hydrangea ’Limelight’

#2 Boxwood

Boxwoods are simply amazing! They keep a dense, deep green structure no matter season. They also take well to pruning making the perfect for hedges and topiaries.

#3 Rhododendron

Rhododendron begins to bud up in late summer. They keep their buds though winter and bloom in spring. They keep their dark green foliage all year round.

#4 Bamboo

Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens

Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens
The big planter is all set for Winter

This planter was set for winter with Boxwood and lovely Heuchera for winter interest. Then my bunnies got to it! They ate the Heuchera down to soil level leaving the planter looking really sad.

After looking at the bare soil for a few weeks I got tired of seeing it look so sad. I didn’t want to add more plants since I hope the Heuchera will come back next spring. Insead I filled the while planter with greens. They’re from my garden or the forest so this arrangement cost me a total of $2 (for the red ornaments).

Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens
Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens
Big Winter Planter
Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens

Perennial Combo with Winter Interest – Hellebore ‘Viv. Victoria’ & Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

Helleborus ‘Viv. Victoria’ & Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

This sure is a pretty combo! When the rest of the garden is starting to get dull these two perennials still look stunning.

Here are some details and stats on size, hardiness zone and exposure for the Helleborus ‘Viv. Victoria’ and Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

Helleborus ‘Viv. Victoria’ blooms from September to April!
Hellebore ‘Viv. Victoria’ & Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ in the front
Blue-Eyed Mary
, Heauchera ”Obsidian’ and Hakonechloe in the next bed
Boxwood hedge, Bamboo (Fargesia murieliae Jumbo) and Tetarian Dogwood in the back

The red colors are repeated making the garden look cohesive. Repeating colors is especially important for a small garden to avoid them looking cluttered.

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

The view against our neighbour’s fence. I’m not that happy with the mix of black, grey and wood. The colors reminds me of a shipping container. I have big plans for the fence next spring! 🎨🖤🌿

DIY Make Your Own Winter Wreath – Video Tutorial

Video tutorial on how to make this simple winter wreath. Enjoy!

The greens came from my garden and from the forest. You can use pretty much any type of evergreens and your wreath will look pretty. For extra interest, mix different colors and textures.

Container Arrangement that will last though the Winter – Video Tutorial

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Here’s a simple arrangement that will last all though the winter. The plants I’ve used are cold tolerant and will do fine in a container. For extra interest I added cuttings from evergreens. They will eventually dry out but I’m counting on them looking nice for at least a few months.

🌲PLANTS
Helleborus ’Niger’
Skimmia Japonica ’White Drarf’
🌿 CUTTINGS
Spruce from the forrest
Arborvitae ’Emerald Green’ from my garden
Tetarian Dogwood from my garden
Helleborus ’Niger’
The pumpkins from Halloween are still hanging in there

Planting Helleborus Orientalis Viv. Victoria

Helleborus Orientalis ’Viv. Victoria’, Heucherella ’Sweet tea’, Japanese Maple ’Orange Dream,’ Boxwood

I’ve been looking for a plant to match my newly planted Heucherellas. To get some inspiration I made a visit to the garden. I didn’t have to look long before I found the Helleborus Orientalis ’Viv. Victoria’. What a beautiful perennial! It matched the Heucherella perfectly with the purple and orange/yellow colors.

The Helleborus and the Heucherella are both evergreen. They will keep their foliage all year-round. They will bring winter interest to the garden when all other plants are sleeping.

Helleborus Orientalis ’Viv. Victoria’

Helleborus Orientalis ’Viv. Victoria’ is a perennial. It grows 10-15 inches (25-40 cm) tall and preferens half shade.

The amazing thing with Hellaborus is that they bloom in the winter for 3-4 months!

This variety will bloom sometime between September and April. It will keep blooming for 3-4 months!

The purple flowers look pretty next to the deep purple Heuchera ’Obsidian’ as well

Fall Arrangement in Terracotta Pots

It’s mid september and the days are getting cooler. As the temperatures drop I add things to the garden that will last all the way into winter. Cold tolerant decorations like moss or pine cones and plants like Heather and Cyclamen.

Heather top-dressed with moss and pine cones will look pretty all the way though winter

The days are shorter days and longer nights during fall and winter. The darker season feel less dull with white and bright colors in the garden.

Water Cyclamens from the bottom by placing the pot on a saucer with water
White Heathers and Cyclamens

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ for Winter Interest

Fall is here. As the temperatures slowly drop I’m reminded about the coming winter months. Have have quite long winters here in Sweden and the garden will loose most of it’s blooms, foliage and color. To keep the garden interesting during winter I try to add more and more evergreens. Plants that will keep their foliage and bring color during the grey and cold months of the year. Plants like boxwoods, yews, grasses, heucheras. This Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ is the latest addition.

During the winter you need to rely on foliage for color in the garden.

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ is an everygreen. That means that it keeps its colorful foliage although the year. The gorgeous orange-red-purple color darkens in the summer and lightens up again in the fall.

Like most heucheras/heucherellas, it preferens sun to part shade and gets around 10 inches high (25 cm).

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ and Great Masterwort (Astrantia major)

This plant goes well with pretty much everything. It bring contrast and makes other plants pop. In the landscape, I chose to combine them with Great Masterwort (Astrantia major) and Hakonechloa right below a Japanese maple.

The orange foliage of the Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ in the background of Great Masterwort (Astrantia major) that is blooming for the second time this season.