Taking the time to freshen the container plantings at your front entry will reward you all winter long and brighten your spirits every time you come home. Likewise, a window box planting can bring the outdoors in, where you can enjoy a foliage-rich scene from the cozy interior.
Creating an eye-catching and spirit-lifting winter container can be quick and easy. And really almost anything goes, plant-wise—as long as it looks good in winter.
What makes a particular plant an appealing choice for your winter scene? Some of the best options are singled out based on their attractive evergreen foliage, winter flowers, colorful stems, or architectural form. However, your container planting really starts to come together when you start creating vignettes that combine a pleasing array of textures, colors, and forms.
The focus of this post will be on the building blocks of winsome winter containers—the plants! To dive deeper into the design aspects of creating container plantings, you might enjoy this post: How to Create Show-stopping Containers for Your Garden .
Remember to consider your container—its color, shape, etc.—as an equally important component of your vignette. If you can weave it into your color story with creative color echoes or consider its shape as you create your composition, the overall effect of your vignette will be amplified.
And finally, it can help to think of it as a temporary installation—shrubs that will eventually be in-the-ground-big can start their life with you in a container. Creating a decorative scene in a high-traffic, regularly visible spot is a great way to temporarily enjoy evergreen shrubs and perennials up-close over the winter, before graduating them to an in-ground position in your garden come spring.