Now that there’s snow on the ground, and the pumpkins and fall mums are all put away, my front step is looking awfully barren and boring. Luckily for me, I have the great opportunity at Lacoste to have our designers make up a winter planter for me to bring home and pop onto the step! Luckily for you, you can too! We offer both custom and pre-made winter planters that will add colour and flair to your outdoor Christmas decorating.
However, I know that many of you are fantastic diy-ers, and can create your own fantastic arrangements. If you’ve never tried before, here are some tips from our expert container designers!
First, consider the planter that you’d like to use. I typically re-use the same containers that I plant with in the spring. Re-using is great, because it means that it already has weight in the bottom, AND I don’t have to move anything around! Just make sure that you empty out the top bit of soil from the planter when you remove your plants, to make room for your greens, and to make sure that the planter doesn’t crack as the soil freezes.
Evergreen branches and boughs typically provide the main structure of a winter planter. Cedar boughs offer soft draping texture, and spruce and pine will create a sense of structure or height. The different tones of each of these boughs will give texture and depth to your arrangement. In our arrangements, we try to use a little of each!
In addition to the greenery of coniferous boughs we often add in twigs and large branches to create height in tall containers. Birch trunks are a local favourite, but red and yellow dogwood, and twisty willow are some other great choices. Including both in your planter can balance a tall design.
My favourite part of every winter planter is the bling and accessories. This is where you get a chance to express your style and personality! By using similar elements from your interior décor, you can create a sense of cohesion from outside to inside. The options are as endless as there is variety in Christmas décor. Seed pods, berries and pinecones will enhance the feel of an outdoor Christmas, but it doesn’t need to stop there. Sparkly twigs, artificial flowers, shiny ornaments, and lights and lanterns all add colour and style too!
The biggest consideration in creating the arrangement is proportion. A balanced arrangement is generally two-thirds the size of the container, and widest at the bottom
Begin by outlining the container with evergreens draping over the edge of the container. Once the outline is complete, fill in the rest of the shape, working in groups of three, five and seven. Using a variety of lengths and types of evergreens, and branches, fill the container as much as possible
Once your arrangement is well formed, add the embellishments.
Creating your own design is easy and it adds a personal touch to your decor. With very little effort you can have a gorgeous container to beautify your garden until spring arrives.