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