December 9, 2016

DIY Winter Container Garden

To take a pot of soil and turn it into a wintry wonderland all it takes is a few supplies that could be found right in your own backyard.

To start, fill a medium size container with about eight inches of damp soil. Then begin to add any strong Evergreen branches or pieces.

“So we always start with a tall middle, so the tallest element can either go in the back or the middle depending on how you’re going to be viewing this container,” said Liz Holmberg, Owner of Lizzie’s Garden.

Continuing with various types and sizes of branches, fill the container keeping with a triangulated design.

“I have Noble Fir, very nice, very sturdy, and then behind it I put some Shore Pine, I could have used other things but I used Shore Pine because it’s kind of stiff and gives me that triangle look. White Pine I love because it’s a great soft filler,” said Holmberg.

Once the greens are in, it’s time to spruce it up! Lizzie added pieces of Winter Berry to add color and even some recycled pieces, painting stems of Echinacea to finish off the container.

All that’s left, a bow to top it off!

“It’s really easy and once you have it for the first year if you’ve never had it before you’ll be hooked, make sure every November or December you get it done for yourself,” added Holmberg.

These winter container gardens are meant to be kept outside and can stay there throughout the entire winter.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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