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Winter Container Display

Fill your planters with fresh-cut greenery that will look great for the holiday season and throughout the winter.




Outdoor winter containers can last for several months, and with a few touch-ups may even last until spring.

Resources: For more information on the containers used in this segment, visit


  • Two to three different kinds of greens
  • Winterberry, dogwood twigs, and curly willow branches
  • Containers (at least a foot deep, and frost proof)
  • Potting soil
  • Water


  1. Step 1

    Select 2 to 3 different kinds of greens for good mix of colors and textures. In addition, look for winterberry, dogwood twigs, and curly willow branches.

  2. Step 2

    Use containers that are at least a foot deep, and make sure your container is frost-proof. (Terra cotta and ceramic containers may crack in freezing temperatures and should be brought indoors.) Fill with potting soil to a few inches from the top of rim and lightly water to give the soil some holding power.

  3. Step 3

    Keep proportions in mind as you work. The longest pieces should not exceed the height of the pot or else the arrangement will look top heavy. Start with the greenery and push the stems into the soil at a 45-degree angle so the pieces lean out over the edge of the container a little bit. Bury each piece at least 4 to 5 inches down or until it feels secure.

  4. Step 4

    Once you have the main structure, fill in with embellishments such as dogwood twigs for their dramatic red or yellow color and vertical movement and some curly willow, which adds a bit of fun with its twisty growth habit. Use winterberry and bittersweet for cheery red highlights

  5. Step 5

    If you live where it freezes, the soil in the container will freeze and hold the arrangement quite nicely. This also allows the arrangement to hold up under snowfall -- it looks even more gorgeous with a soft blanket of white over it. If it does not freeze where you live, continue to lightly water the container to keep the arrangement in place.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2008



Reviews (5)

  • bumpie 3 Dec, 2008

    I love this and am planning on doing it for my large urns I have next to my front door! They are GREAT!

  • passionforitaly 3 Dec, 2008


    Cost about $9.95 per spray bottle; they also sell a concentrated liquiid.

    If you don't want to buy it on-line, suggest you call the company and ask them for retailer names who sell their products.

  • peapicker25 2 Dec, 2008

    It was called Wilt Pruf.

  • russmrbmw 2 Dec, 2008

    Yes, was it Wilt Proof? Is this the correct name? I've been trying to figure out where it's sold as well.

  • azlhughes 1 Dec, 2008

    Martha mentioned a ...wilt spray to use on the plants in the winter container display. What exactly is the name of the spray and where is it sold?