Fill your planters with fresh-cut greenery that will look great for the holiday season and throughout the winter.
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2008
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Two to three different kinds of greens
Winterberry, dogwood twigs, and curly willow branches
Containers (at least a foot deep, and frost proof)
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 grandinroad.com.