Create a transitional, "winter to spring" garden vignette using potted plants while you wait for the sun to shine.
I appeared on "Good Things Utah" recently to present some container garden ideas that are realistic for cold winter areas.
Instead of just setting out a mishmash of potted plants, create a "garden vignette" or a grouped collection that tells a cohesive story.
Garden Vignette 101
A vignette should start with a decorative focal point.
I employed a metal trellis as a background and covered it with spagnum moss decorated in a checkerboard pattern.
You will need a small tree to anchor your container garden.
I elevated a leafless Corylus 'Contorta' (Harry Lauder walking stick) tree to sculpture status!
"Harry" is planted in a shiny, ochre colored ceramic pot and propped on top of a copper planter.
Two, topiary Blue Star Junipers flank the small tree and contribute more structure to the vignette.
Narcissus and Hyacinths round out the ensemble, bringing a welcomed jolt of color and fragrance to the winter patio.
Did You Know?
Junipers are the extreme survivors in nature and are able to withstand extreme heat, drought and cold temperatures!
There are hundreds of juniper varieties with growth habits that range from prostate, mounding, twisting,spreading, spiraling and more.
You can also find Junipers in every hue of gold, blue, green and silver!
Junipers are very common plants, consequentlly, they don't receive the adulation they deserve.
Let's take a moment to contemplate their amazing characteristics!
Enjoy the video and get started on your winter garden vignette!
So what's thriving in your container garden right now?