Sunday, December 04, 2016

Creating Christmas Outdoor Designs from Plants in Your Garden

Decided this year I'd make a set of outdoor Christmas planters from evergreen plants we have in the garden. Having made so many designs over the years, it's time to reuse  the accents and items I have saved and come up with a way to make inexpensive, lovely planters for this holiday season.

If you're like me, you probably have a box just like this....stashed away in the garage.

Given I live in Ontario, we don't have the same plants like the imported boughs (oregonea, princess pine, douglas fir or western cedar) and floral grade materials (eucalyptus, salal, magnolia). But there are so many other choices we can use to have a similar effect.

In this sample, I reused all our accents from the past 3 years. I added cuttings from plants such as:

1:  Boxwood

2: Yews

3: Junipers

4: Ivy

5: Euonymus

6: Birch (also reused from past years)

7: Dogwood

Other selections you can use too:

  • Holly
  • Ilex
  • Spruce
  • Sumac
  • Hydrangea
  • Alder
  • Cedar
  • Rose-hips
  • Pussywillow

I pruned all the cuttings in ways to promote a balanced habit. Do not butcher the best parts of the plant in order to fill your planter. Think of thinning and adjusting shape. Just layer and remember your accents can hide blunt ends.

Don't forget:  the bottom branches off your live Christmas tree work great too!

Follow the directions on how to layer and place within your planter on one of my previous blog DIY posts and here...have fun designing.

Reuse and add anything that you have saved.

Use what works for you and you'll be able to make beautiful arrangements that are welcoming for this Christmas season!

Here I just added some artificial dyed magnolia stems for a punch of red!
Apart from buying these 3 red accents, designing these 3 outdoor creations didn't cost me one penny. All reused materials from years past and a few cuttings from the garden, these planters still look great!

Enjoy this Christmas season and perhaps plan for 2017's garden, by adding some plants which can carry you through designing Christmas planters for next season.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


  1. I envy you your plant materials, and what you've made with them is great. My containers this winter are sadly empty. No time, and nothing handy to whip up something easy. Thanks for keeping us in your blog roll. Would you mind updating to our new URL? It's – thanks, Heidi, and happy new year!

    1. Thanks, Helen - I've updated the URL. Sorry, I thought the link would still work. Blogger has changed somewhat now. Glad you've made your changes. Lovely blog. Cheers. Happy new year, too! H

  2. What a festive read! Loved the ideas for creating Christmas outdoor designs using plants from the garden. Definitely going to try some of these to make my space more Christmassy! 🎄🌿 #HolidayDecor #GardenMagic


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