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Wendy’s Winter Garden

Creating arrangements for winter planters

Wendy Gioiosa sent in these shots of some of her winter planters and decorations in the garden.

winter arrangement with berries and branchesThis huge planter is filled with cut greenery and berries, and is accented with twigs and branches. Any container you use for annuals in the summer can be transformed into a winter arrangement by sticking branches down into the soil like you would for a flower arrangement. The cool temperatures outdoors will keep the greens looking fresh a lot longer than they would indoors. Wendy used a combination of conifer branches and cuttings from a southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora, Zones 7–10).

winter arrangement covered in snowThe same planter is now covered with a fresh dusting of snow. Light snowfall like this won’t damage the arrangement, but heavy snow may crush the branches. If you live somewhere with regular heavy snowfalls, setting the arrangement under a porch roof will keep it looking fresh through the storms.

holly wreathA lovely holly wreath is gilded with snow. It is surprisingly easy to make your own wreath with clippings from the garden, but be sure to wear sturdy gloves when handling prickly leaves.

christmas lights in snowColored spotlights add a seasonal flare to the snowy landscape. And they are a lot easier to put up than stringing lights through all the branches of a tree.

red light on winter arrangementRed lights illuminate the big container arrangement.

berry-laden branchSometimes nature puts on the best holiday decorations, with a perfect dusting of snow outlining each berry-laden branch. Best of all, these beautiful berries will provide much-needed food for the local birds.


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  1. PattyLouise 12/15/2020

    Festive & very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

    1. WGioiosa 12/15/2020

      Thank you!

  2. wittyone 12/15/2020

    These are just beautiful. I especially love that holly wreath dusted with snow.

    1. WGioiosa 12/15/2020

      Thank you!

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    simplesue 12/15/2020

    Ah so pretty! Love that display of green and red light at the fence with the gate and tree!
    That Holly wreath is the prettiest wreath I've ever seen - just like those I've seen on Christmas cards!
    Your Christmas decorating is very artistic/stylish vs. the everyday kitsch that it's become.

    1. WGioiosa 12/15/2020

      Thank you!

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    cynthia2020 12/15/2020

    Wendy - the planter composition is terrific. Plus I enjoyed seeing how your garden looked different depending on sunlight, colored lights, lighting angles, and snow. Thank you for sharing!

    1. WGioiosa 12/15/2020

      Thank you!

  5. btucker9675 12/15/2020

    Thank you for this Merry Christmas post! What is more beautiful than a dusting of snow! That planter arrangement is amazing - you have a really good eye for the design.

    1. WGioiosa 12/15/2020

      Thank you!

  6. user-7020748 12/15/2020

    Beautiful arrangements with the snow bringing the final touch. Always think outdoor lights look best and brightest with snow. Thanks for sharing.

    1. WGioiosa 12/15/2020

      Thank you!

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