Designing Your Winter Containers
For Maximum Enjoyment
Your Home's Style and Size
Are you living in a large home with a long driveway? Do you live in an apartment with a small balcony? Is your home a north woods retreat or a colonial two-story? Great winter looks involve the same considerations as summer landscaping:
Large homes eat up color. Go big with the size of materials, Go big with the intensity of the color. A long driveway provides that much more time to enjoy your new winter facade, but only if you can see it from a distance. Norway pine boughs, spruce tips, large colored hydrangea, magnolia leaves, lotus pods, bell cups, sugar pine cones and eucalyptus provide impact from a distance.
A small balcony planter will still have significant interest with large rose hips, Colorado blue spruce, African knobs, Chinese lanterns, tayon berries, and copper carex grasses. The smaller sizes yet high impact color will allow you to have plenty of fun and texture in small spaces.
There are north woodsy looks using red twig dogwood, large pine cones, Norway pine, white cedar and red or white hydrangea as the base.
For a more formal look, the seeded eucalyptus, blue berried juniper, white pine, preserved amaranthus,
A very contemporary feel is created with dyed hydrangeas in purple, orange rose hips, chartreuse pine cones, willow hoops, blue spruce, bell cups, African knobs, and all the funky colors and shapes that create an unexpected flair.
Log homes and large north woods style homes with fieldstone facades require larger size ingredients such as Norway pine boughs, larger hydrangeas, and sugar pine cones. Since the backdrop is large in scale round logs, large stone, the designs should be more simple in nature. Deep green evergreens look great in front of lighter colored logs, stone, or cedar. Silvery Colorado blue spruce shows up great against the dark brown stained facades.