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Five lush winter planters that will last until spring

Tara Nolan
Photography by
Donna Griffith

With a little special attention, a beautiful arrangement can hold its own through the cold season.

We asked 
Jim McMillen, president of Landscapes in Bloom, 
to create lush planters that will last until spring. Here are his elegant creations.



Evergreens are a staple in winter pots, but here, their bushy habit is blended with tall branches and earthy tones. Jim started with a ring of cedar and pine around the edge of the container, then pushed the birch logs into the centre to create a focal point. Magnolia, seeded eucalyptus, mentola balls and Italian cotoneaster fill in any gaps. “It’s like flower arranging, painting and art all mixed together,” he says. Jim recommends taking a step back from time to time to see how the pot is taking shape.

Plant material list:
  • Birch logs
  • Magnolia tips
  • Seeded eucalyptus
  • Ontario cedar
  • Red pine
  • Decorative mentola balls
  • B.C. hemlock
  • Italian cotoneaster

Check out our story, Create an elegant evergreen planter, for step-by-step tips on creating these types of winter containers.


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