DIY Make Your Own Winter Wreath

It’s simple to make a wreath like this one.
Use cuttings from your garden, the forest or a garden center and have fun with it! 🌲⛄️🌿

Here are the cuttings I used. They came from my garden and from the forest. You can use pretty much any type of evergreens. Mix different colors and textures to make your wreath look interesting.

Container Arrangement that will last though the Winter

Here’s a simple arrangement that will last all though the winter. The plants I’ve used are cold tolerant and will do fine in a container. For extra interest I added cuttings from evergreens. They will eventually dry out but I’m counting on them looking nice for at least a few months.

🌲PLANTS
Helleborus ‘Niger’
Skimmia Japonica ‘White Drarf’
🌿 CUTTINGS
Spruce from the forrest
Arborvitae ‘Emerald Green’ from my garden
Tetarian Dogwood from my garden
Helleborus ‘Niger’
The pumpkins from Halloween are still hanging in there

Planting Helleborus Orientalis Viv. Victoria

Helleborus Orientalis ‘Viv. Victoria’, Heucherella ‘Sweet tea’, Japanese Maple ‘Orange Dream,’ Boxwood

I’ve been looking for a plant to match my newly planted Heucherellas. To get some inspiration I made a visit to the garden. I didn’t have to look long before I found the Helleborus Orientalis ‘Viv. Victoria’. What a beautiful perennial! It matched the Heucherella perfectly with the purple and orange/yellow colors.

The Helleborus and the Heucherella are both evergreen. They will keep their foliage all year-round. They will bring winter interest to the garden when all other plants are sleeping.

Helleborus Orientalis ‘Viv. Victoria’

Helleborus Orientalis ‘Viv. Victoria’ is a perennial. It grows 10-15 inches (25-40 cm) tall and preferens half shade.

The amazing thing with Hellaborus is that they bloom in the winter for 3-4 months!

This variety will bloom sometime between September and April. It will keep blooming for 3-4 months!

The purple flowers look pretty next to the deep purple Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ as well

Fall Arrangement in Terracotta Pots

White Heathers and Cyclamens

It’s mid september and the days are getting cooler. As the temperatures drop I add things to the garden that will last all the way into winter. Cold tolerant decorations like moss or pine cones and plants like Heather and Cyclamen.

Heather top-dressed with moss and pine cones will look pretty all the way though winter

The days are shorter days and longer nights during fall and winter. The darker season feel less dull with white and bright colors in the garden.

Water Cyclamens from the bottom by placing the pot on a saucer with water

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ for Winter Interest

Fall is here. As the temperatures slowly drop I’m reminded about the coming winter months. Have have quite long winters here in Sweden and the garden will loose most of it’s blooms, foliage and color. To keep the garden interesting during winter I try to add more and more evergreens. Plants that will keep their foliage and bring color during the grey and cold months of the year. Plants like boxwoods, yews, grasses, heucheras. This Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ is the latest addition.

During the winter you need to rely on foliage for color in the garden.

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ is an everygreen. That means that it keeps its colorful foliage although the year. The gorgeous orange-red-purple color darkens in the summer and lightens up again in the fall.

Like most heucheras/heucherellas, it preferens sun to part shade and gets around 10 inches high (25 cm).

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ and Great Masterwort (Astrantia major)

This plant goes well with pretty much everything. It bring contrast and makes other plants pop. In the landscape, I chose to combine them with Great Masterwort (Astrantia major) and Hakonechloa right below a Japanese maple.

The orange foliage of the Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ in the background of Great Masterwort (Astrantia major) that is blooming for the second time this season.

Fall Container Inspiration in Green and White

fall urns container white green
White Spruce, Ornamental Kale, Ornamental Cabbage, Bacopa, Variegated Ivy, Heather

It’s time to replace the summer flowers with fall plants! I’ve been looking forward to this for a few weeks but since my summer flowers were doing ok I couldn’t bare myself to kick them out. Then we hade heavy rain storms and the petunias finally gave in.

Here’s how I went about it.

Cleanup the summer plants

I just picked the old plants right up and fed them to the compost.

Petunias looking tired

Tip! An evergreen centrepiece brings year-round interest

The evergreen White Spruce bring year-round interest. It’s also more affordable since I only have to replace parts of the container. I’ve had this White Spruce in the containers for two years now. It grows slowly so I’m counting on keeping it for many more years.

At this point, I also kept the Bacopa. It looked fresh enough and its white flowers looked nice with the other plants.

Tip! Arrange the plants while keeping them in their plastic cans

“It was only when I placed the cabbage slightly below the Kale that the combo just fell into place.

I usually place out the plants while keeping them in their pots. It takes quite a bit of moving around and experimenting before I get it the way I like.

Make sure to take a few steps back and look at the container from different angles before you plant. Trust me, it’s much easier than having to dig the plants up again.

When happy with the way it looks, plant!

Make sure all the root balls have soil around them. When finished, water them in properly. Adding some fertiliser to the water is always a good idea.

fall urns container white green
fall urns container white green
Ornamental Cabbage

How many plants fit into the container?

More than you’d think! For fall containers, I usually squeeze in as many plants as I can. They won’t grow very much since we’re having low temperatures and I want the arrangement to look full.

In this 16 inches wide container (40 cm) there is a total of 7 plants.
1 White spruce
1 Ornamental cabbage (4 inch pot – 9cm)
1 Ornamental kale (4 inch pot – 9cm)
2 Heather (3 inch pot – 6cm)
1 Variegated ivy (3 inch pot – 6cm)
1 Bacopa (4 inch pot – 9cm)

Enjoy the result!

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Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ in the back

Stunning Combo for fall: Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and Heuchera ‘Green Spice’

This is one of my favorites fall combinations in the garden: Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and Heuchera ‘Green Spice’.

I’ve planeted it in a raised bed that gets 6-7 hours of sun which is on the lower side. Sedum loves sun and would benefit from more. If you can, put it in the sunniest and driest spot possible. The heuchera likes sun to part shade.

The pink sedum has been blooming for a few weeks now and will carry on for a few more. In the winter it will dry but keep its structure creating lovely winter interest, especially combined with the semi-evergreen Heuchera.

The dark purple center of the Heuchera goes beautifully together with the pink flowers

Make your garden appear bigger with big-sized raised beds

Large object make the space look bigger – small objects do the opposite
It might seem odd, but one big container, shrub or tree makes an area appear bigger while many smaller objects do the opposite, especially if spread out. Use large raised beds to make a small garden appear bigger.

Wooden big raised bed with Boxwood, Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ and Creeping forget-me-not Omphalodes verna
Boxwoods being structure and create winter interest
Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldschleier’ (tufted hair grass) contrasts the dark Heuchera ‘Obsidian’. It’s a beautiful semi-green grass that can handle sun to part shade and grows 2-3 feet tall.
Mid spring bloomer Globeflower Trollius x cultorum ‘Cheddar’ picks up the yellow color from the Tufted hair grass. Grows 25-27 in full sun – part shade.
Columbine Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Black Barlow’ picks up the dark colors of the Heuchera ‘Obsidian’. Can handle sun – part sun, grows 28-30 in high and can self seed.
The Creeping forget-me-not Omphalodes verna, sometime called blue-eyed Mary is a lovely ground cover that comes up early in the with fresh green leaves and tiny blue flowers. It prefers part-shade but does ok in shade as well.

Simple summer containers

White spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’), Sweet potato vine, three Pink Petunias
White spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’), Sweet potato vine, Pink Petunias, Creeping Jenny

Here are my summer containers for the front entrance. The centerpiece is a White spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’). For summer color I am using Sweet potato vine and pink Petunias.

Since the centrepiece is an evergreen it will look good in the container throughout the whole year. When fall comes I will switch the summer plants for some darker colors and in winter add Christmas lights on the White spruce.

I’ll give you updates as the season progresses.