Winter Windowbox

by Josh on November 28, 2007 · 6 comments

in garden,Ideas,Projects

I love decorating the windowbox for winter. Unlike my summer windowbox plantings, which tend to sprout more disappointment than delight, this display doesn’t require watering and I don’t have to wait and wonder if the plants will fill out as I hope.

This year I saved an idea card for winter container displays that I picked up at the state fair from the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. I particularly wanted to find some pink dried Lepidium like in the picture because it gave the display some great pop against the green of spruce tips and cedar boughs. But after trying at least half a dozen garden stores without success, I gave up on the lepidium and picked from what I could find.

Winter Windowbox

Windowbox ingredients:

  • Spruce tips
  • Cedar garland
  • Red twig dogwood
  • Boxwood boughs
  • Pine cones
  • Secret Ingredient: Bamboo balls!

Winter Windowbox Detail

It wasn’t cheap to buy all this stuff, but we’ll get good use out of it. Considering how long our winter is, this display should be able to stay up until the end of March at least. And when it is finally time to clean out the windowbox for spring, I can save the pine cones, dogwood, and bamboo balls for next year.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandy November 28, 2007 at 10:41 am

Very, very nice!


Josh November 28, 2007 at 12:24 pm



Jenne November 28, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Those are beautiful. I wish I had window-boxes!! [….adding to project list.. :)…]


Josh November 30, 2007 at 1:50 am

It would be a great project, Jenne. They add so much charm and they are really fun to plant.


nancy October 26, 2008 at 6:30 pm

I like the spuce. do you have any ideas for using dogwood?


Josh November 10, 2008 at 9:41 am

@Nancy: When I’ve used dogwood in the past, I’ve tried to group it in bunches to help the color and texture stand out against the spruce. Height helps, too, so I’d make sure your dogwood twigs significantly taller than the sprice tips and then group them in the back of a window box or the center of a round planter.


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