Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Winter Window Boxes and Planters

This fall when the shade loving plants begin to fade I like to do something different with the window box. When we look out the kitchen window I like to look through plants. It makes me feel like I am sitting in a meadow. So this fall I cut some Hawthorn limbs that had berries on it. On the right hand side if you look closely you can see the remmanents of a Cardinal nest on one of the limbs.

I think someone mentioned concern about how big the Purple Fountain Grass would grow when I planted it in this window box in spring. It didn't get too big luckily. It didn't have great growing conditions here but it did fill a space and the blooms lasted until I cut it down. Hawthorn limbs don't last very long. They dry up and lose their leaves, the berries dry up and look ugly after awhile. So when it gets cold I like to do a little something different with my window box. It looks so boring sitting there empty. Now when we look out the window we can feel like we are in a forest.

I hate that I don't have pine boughs to cut for the window box during winter since our pine trees came down during storms last winter. There are lots of cedars around. This year I cut some limbs of cedar, a few berries of the deciduous holly and some grass plumes. The wren box is one of several that I had in the garden. I thought this looked like a cozy place for a wren to roost and keep warm during winter. Once I got going with the trimmings I decided to fill a pot to set on the front porch. The front porch looked a little naked without a pot of something to greet friends coming to visit.
Do you do seasonal decorating with your window boxes and empty planters? I would love to see/hear about what you do to your empty window boxes and planters.

37 comments:

Frances said...

Hi Lisa, your containers with winter beauties are such inspiration, thanks for showing them. I love the grass flower heads mixed in too! I really love your colored glass bottles in the window though, like a movable stained glass window. All the things you have shown are easily doable for most of us. I will add some cuttings from the garden to mine, as soon as it stops raining. :-)
Frances

verobirdie said...

Thanks Lisa for reminding me I wanted to buy plants for containers outside. I nearly forgot...
Your containers look great. Not sure mine will be as gorgeous.

JIm/ArtofGardening said...

Your window box & container look great - you are WAY too on top of things. I have yet to pull the dead stuff out of the frozen window box outside my office. I think it'll be easier in the spring...

GardenJoy4Me said...

Lisa .. did I ever mention how much I love your gargoyle to the right of the bar ? .. Perfect !!
Your window boxes and front door decorations are wonderful .. I haven't gotten my tree up outside yet .. I have a naked step and that ain't good for this time of year !
Great job girl !

garden girl said...

Beautiful and inspiring Lisa! I always mean to decorate some winter containers, but just never seem to get to it. Maybe next year!

Gail said...

Lisa,

Colorful, creative and inspiring...You've added just the right winter touch to your garden...now I want a few window boxes! Don't you love the color that a few glass bottles add to the mix! Thanks, for the ideas! gail

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Those look great, Lisa. The little wren house adds a perfect touch!

Annie in Austin said...

No pine foliage to cut here, either, Lisa, since my pine tree is about 20 inches tall - guess I'll have to buy some greenery to copy your ideas. Your combinations look great!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Connie said...

Your window boxes look lovely....and I also like the colored glass bottles in your window. Cute!

Jamie and Randy said...

Lisa, the creativity of gardeners never ceases to amaze me. Beautiful displays! It takes all I have just to stay motivate this time of year.-Randy

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I love this. I need to clean out all my containers. Thanks for the motivation.

Teri C said...

Each window is a beauty and it should take you through the winter just wonderfully.

beckie said...

Lisa, you are so artistic! The cedar does just as well as the pine. And I love the berries and the grass plumes. The container on the front porch just pulls it all together. Great job.

Cheryl said...

No I don't Lisa.....to be honest I have never thought about it...I love yours though.....very seasonal....very artistic......

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Please come to my house & do up my front porch container. It looks absolutely pathetic. I should have saved some of the branches from the Yews we dug out to use in the container, but I forgot about it until it was too late.
Your containers have inspired me to gather some greens & maybe a couple of reds (Dogwood twigs) to dress up that sad container of mine.

Phillip said...

They look great. We normally do outdoor arrangements to compliment the Christmas decorations but we are taking a break from decorating this year, so the containers are still empty.

Rose said...

Lisa, I love your new plantings in your windowbox and planter! It's probably not difficult to do, but you definitely have an eye for design. I don't have any windowboxes, but your planter looks so much more festive than the artificial poinsettias I stick in one of mine:)

Judybec said...

Your containers and boxed are gorgeous!!!
I decorated my topiary pots with balls and bows... also stuck my twig balls on top of some empty urns....that seems to work for me. I'll post photos soon!!

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
Your window box looks great!
I do mine up every year with pine boughs and suet. I love seeing the wrens and the woodpeckers up close at the windows. Darling Wren house you put in your window box.
Sherry

Naturegirl said...

Lisa you did a wonderful job of a winter arrangements in your planters! I don't, other than the urns out front
because we spend our winters now in Arizona so no one here to admire them.
I love all the colored bottles on your window ledge!!

Jayne said...

How beautiful Lisa. You are so very creative! :c)

Roses and Lilacs said...

I like your window boxes! You did a really good job dressing them up. Love the wren house tucked in there.

Your colored glass looks great in the window. The other day I drove past a house with blue bottles in the window. It was so pretty I turned around a drove past again. Light shining thru colored glass is magical. Housewives have been doing it since the invention of glass, I guess.
Marnie

Roses and stuff said...

Lisa, your containers look so nice! I wish mine did too, but I haven't done anything to them...yet. I think now that i should.
Katarina

Chandramouli S said...

Hey Lisa,
Awesome work on your window box and pot - I like the Window Box especially. I wouldn't have a need to do seasonal plantings as most of the plants are perennial here.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Wonderful Lisa, I never have winter window boxes...I don't know why (big mistake) Your looks great! Thank you for a most inspirering post.
I wish you a nice weekend / Tyra

Mary said...

Oh, Lisa, you put me to shame. The hangers and pots get stored away. Now, looking at what you've done I realize what I'm missing. I had to look at your forest view from inside the house several times. You're so creative! Thanks for the ideas. I hope a little wren finds a home right under your window :o)

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Great looking window box and containers. Such lovely decorations are a good remedie against the winter blues.

The Garden Faerie said...

I love your window boxes and pot, and the lovely bright bottles on the window sill. Very festive and inspiring.
~Monica

Nick S said...

I love those bottles Lisa :-)

Barbara said...

Your window boxes are very nice. We occasionaly decorate them too. Actually I have branches of pine trees and ivy together with red and golden Christmas "balls" and candles.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I wanted to tell you all thank you for the comments. Also those little bottles in the window are vases. I actually use them during summer for small buds and flowers. In the picture you can't see them well but they have small glass ornaments sitting on top of them.
Cheers...

Ewa said...

Dear Lisa,
This containers, after you composed it for winter look very nice!
I realise this autumn, that I miss plants with red berries in my autumn garden, so I will make a selection for planting in spring.
Greetings,
Ewa

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Meems @HoeandShovel said...

Hi Frances, you did a couple of very nice creations to fill in your spent summer containers. I especially like the view from your kitchen window and then the red berries to greet guests at the front door.

As you know, I'm a "nut" about having way too many containers all year long. This year I scaled back and didn't add poinsettias to a dozen of them like I usually do for Winter. But I did create some new ones for Christmas decs on my dining table from branches and live tree limbs. I will probably do a post next week with some photos if I can get around to it. :-)
Happy Sunday, Lisa!
Meems

Meems @HoeandShovel said...

Lisa, I just called you frances after reading her comment... can you tell I'm a little scattered? Or is it just ditzy today? I am SO sorry and should stick to doing one thing at a time. :-)
Meems

Sioux said...

Those containers are beautiful. I love seeing the cardinal nest in the arrangement!

Layanee said...

I'd love to send you some pine boughs as they are everywhere here. Your containers are inspiring....must get to that task! I don't even have a wreath on the door yet.