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Northern Plains Regional Reports

Crafting Your Own Winter Container

You don’t need to be a florist to build show-stopping seasonal containers; create a stunning display with clippings found in your garden

A thoughtfully put together winter container can provide color and interest to get you through those long winter months. Photo: Chris Schlenker

Creating a beautiful container to enjoy during the winter months is an easy way to extend the gardening season. Containers are an adaptable and versatile element of the landscape that can display the best of what nature has to offer at this time of year. Most if not all the material you need can be found just outside your door. Whether your container is large or small, or for use indoors or outdoors, grab your pruners, step outside, and give it a go this season.

Arborvitae, juniper, pine, spruce, and boxwood are the foundation of your winter container. Photo: Chris Schlenker

Comprising the bulk of the winter container, evergreens provide structure and foundation. There are a wide variety of materials to choose from throughout the Northern Plains. The scalelike needles of American arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis, Zones 2–7) and juniper (Juniperus spp. and cvs., Zones 2–9) provide blue-green foliage as well…

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