So it’s cold outside, yea, yea we know. Â You may not feel like spending time outdoors in the garden, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a pretty container garden vignette for your patio to enjoy from indoors. You still look out your window, right?
I created a garden vignette last year for an appearance on “Good Things Utah” and the only gardening requirement that I was given was that the plants I used had to be cold hardy for Salt Lake City. Another detail that I won’t soon forget was that I had only 15 minutes to “prep” my vignette for the live show! Thank God my mom, Shirley, (I’m Shirley “Jr.”) was with me and played along as my assistant!
My mom, Shirley Sr. is so cute. Look how proud she is of me!
Fortunately, I found some good looking plants that were just as comfortable braving the chilly winter days in Utah as they were “sunbathing” in my warmer Los Angeles garden. What were these Â wide-climate- friendly plants I used?
Junipers- the true survivors of the gardening world were one. Junipers can exist in the dry, hot desert and hold their own under a blanket of snow. Sure, Junipers are usually not the first plant you think about using in a container garden, but I found some gorgeous topiaried ones that served as anchor plants in the design. Â
Corylus “Contorta” or “Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick,” a handsome, twisted, branching specimen tree served as my focal point. I set the scene with a metal trellis that I detailed with moss and placed behind the containers as a background. Colorful daffodils and hyacinths rounded out the vignette.
Check out the results in the video. I like it and hope you like it too. If not, consider it a launching point for your own crazy vignette. Have fun!
Shirley Bovshow on “Good Things Utah”