Creating Wonderful Winter Urns & Wreaths
Some may find it daunting to create a Winter masterpiece in their existing summer containers or urns, but I can tell you that it is not a difficult task. Simply remove your spent summer\fall plants. You are now left with a blank canvas of just soil. Go to your nearest nursery or walk in your local woods and buy or gather greenery such as hollies, white pines, mistletoe, or the remainders of your Christmas tree. These are all perfect to place into the soil of your existing urns. Simply arrange them from the tallest element in the back and working your way forward in the "Thriller, Filler and Spiller" pattern: long taller items in the back, medium sized in the middle, and some trailing element in the front. For this time of year, a wonderful trailing choice are Cedars and Emerald Green Arborvitaes. Cut off a few branches and place them in the front of the urn in order to cover up the front of the container. Then add pine cones, berries, a bow, etc and you have a perfect urn as shown in this photo.
You can do the same for a wreath by purchasing a basic fraiser fir wreath and adding other more interesting cut evergreens. Finish it off with a lovely bow, Christmas bulbs, or anything you find pleasing. The photo on the left is one I have hanging on my door.