When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing that can brighten your day like a tiny glimpse of green in the midst of a brutal winter. Winter doesn’t have to be dull or lifeless, and window-box gardening doesn’t have to end as soon as the days grow short and cold. Seasonal decor with winter window boxes can include live, dried, or silk foliage and can be created using any of several types of window-box.
Evergreen plants can be placed in window boxes for a beautiful, seasonal look with live foliage. Dwarf varieties of juniper, rosemary, cypress, and spruce will stay alive and well throughout winter, even in some of the toughest regions, and can be selected based on local climate and the individual preferences. Only medium-to-large window boxes are generally capable of housing these evergreen beauties, but dwarf plants can survive and even thrive when confined to a planter.
Recently cut, live winter foliage may be an option for smaller planters, which can not necessarily hold the root base of live evergreens. Cut pine fronds, spruce boughs, and broadleaf-evergreens like magnolia, holly and live oak can survive for weeks or even months in a window planter, and they do not require deep soil or large amounts of space to last through the winter. Cut winter foliage can be accented with holly berries, winter berries, or reindeer moss for a balanced, beautiful look.
Window boxes can also easily accomodate dried winter plants, which do not require watering or any other maintenance. Pine cones, hawthorn branches, dried ornamental grasses, and dried flowers can all look surprisingly beautiful in a winter window planter display. They can be combined with live or freshly-cut display options to create a seasonal arrangement.
Some window-box gardeners may find that they prefer a totally spring or summer themed display to brighten up the scenery during winter. Fortunately, fine silk floral arragnements can meet this need and require no maintenance. Some silk arrangements are seasonally themed, and others are neutral and can be used year-round. Silk arrangements can be tacky if they seem utterly out-of-context or impossible, but selection of only the finest silk plants can lend to the creation of beautiful year-round displays.
Completely inorganic window-box displays can also be surprisingly beautiful and enjoyable, and provide an amount of character often unseen in window floral arrangements. Window planters filled with seashells, statues, and other artifacts are unique and sure to capture attention and admiration, and they can be used throughout the year.
It is not impossible to maintain a healthy window-box garden year-round, and winter weather doesn’t have to limit the possibilities for maintaining a beautiful display in your own planters. Considering the many available options for window-box decor can lend to many unusual, eye-catching planter arrangements.