Winter Greens Containers for Christmas and Seasonal Displays

This week kicked off the winter pot brigade! It generally slows down enough for me to help make the 100 or so winter pots my company installs before Thanksgiving. Out of the 100 we make, about 18 are Christmas containers, but we like to use the nondescript term of ‘winter pots’, because 98% of our client base is Jewish. No red, no berries, no sparkles, no holly, no bows, no garland, nothing related to Christmas! These limitations aren’t that difficult, there are many other options available. I like a non-Christmas pot myself, as it can be displayed after Christmas without looking like you were lazy in removing the holiday displays. Sometimes I use something easily removable such as lighted sticks, or sprigs of red berries that can be removed from the display and the pot can continue on into January and beyond.


The supplies for the winter pots stacked in my ‘winter office’.


The design desk

We pre-fab these at the office and the crews deliver these to the client’s homes. You can skip many of the next steps if you already have a prepared pot of soil. We make them this way so we don’t have to stand outside and do it! I think this almost falls into that category of, ‘Lazy man works the hardest!’ Ha!

We use nursery pots that closely fit the size of our client’s containers. Cut a plastic sheet to fit over the bottom holes. This slows or stops the water from draining and helps freeze the display in place. Next, add florist foam to the middle for stability of the larger ‘thriller’ items, as these could be rather large birch poles. Then fill the rest of the pot with a 50/50 soil/sand mixture. Be sure to really stuff that soil into the pot. The better packed soil helps hold the display in place from precipitation, the weight of snow and wind.


This is my base with floral foam, plastic, soil/mix and the pot.

The design is the standard, Thriller, Filler & Spiller! The Thriller is that one large sprig/evergreen, center piece, or for this season, mostly sticks. Filler are those mid-range sized pieces of evergreen, or other material that is generally wider and less tall that the thriller material. Spiller is just that, floppy evergreen, weaker-stemmed items that hang over the edge of the pot.

After you have created your masterpiece, wet the display down well. It will freeze and hold all the stuff in place. It will also give some moisture to the cuttings.


Pots ready to go to their forever home!


This set of Christmas pots have birch poles (thriller), boxwood, white pine, red eucalyptus, red eucalyptus seed, dried hydrangea and pomegranate accents.


Close up!

This Christmas window pot consists of curly willow for thriller, white pine, magnolia leaves, red winterberry, and boxwood for filler and more white pine and variegated cedar for spiller.


This winter pot has flocked green twigs, green eucalyptus dried hydrangea, variegated boxwood, white pine and beaded cedar. Moss was layered around the bottom of the wire holder.


A matching pot for the above by the garage.

We do some minor Christmas decorations for some special clients.

This pot starts with spruce tips for the centerpiece, white pine, variegated boxwood, red eucalyptus, red winterberry, white berries, and ceder.

Jewish Display

Yellow dogwood for thriller, white pine, spruce, nobel fir, blue and green eucalyptus, pine cones, ceder and I forgot what the green bunch of berries were… =-(


Yellow dogwood again, cedar, black eucalyptus, white pine, noble fir, spruce, orange winterberry, and magnolia seed accents.

Brown twigs and cedar for thriller, magnolia leaves, black eucalyptus, hydrangea, juniper, variegated boxwood, yellow tipped cedar.

Red dogwood sticks, variegated boxwood, red winterberry and pine cones.

These are 3 ingredient pots… Red dogwood, white pine and red winterberries. Easy-peasy!!

We use noble pine to cover annual beds that otherwise look barren without foliage. It’s also a great idea to keep Fido’s paws clean!

Yellow dogwood and brown twigs for thriller, green and black eucalyptus, spruce, cedar, juniper, white berries with magnolia and lotus pods fr accent.

Many of the evergreen material can be savaged from your own yard. I’ve not done it, but you may be able to get some scraps from a Christmas tree seller. Art supply stores can round out the balance of materials. Accents can be removed and saved at the end of the season.

19 thoughts on “Winter Greens Containers for Christmas and Seasonal Displays

  1. Oh my gosh, you may come to my house next!!!! Looooove these, I’m so not good at putting these together…but maybe now I can. I’m thinking of putting some really tall branches in the center of a pot and putting lights on….any idea where I can get really tall branches….off to do some ash Nursing this am…have a great day, plant girl!!


    • We get all of our supplies wholesale, but a craft store or florist might work. Another thought would be if there’s a red or yellow dogwood around that needs pruning… a willow or really any shrub along the road may do! Just have your pruners on hand =-) Dried hydrangeas are plentiful now, pinecones (drill hole in bottom & insert stick). Hope that helps!!


  2. Wow! These are all so awesome. Going down the post, I decide – oh that’s my favorite – then I scroll down more and say – no This one is my favorite ! Love the height and depth of these creations. Wish you were closer, I’d be at your store right now!


    • They hold up remarkably well! I think I missed mentioning watering the pot heavily after the arrangement is made. (thanks for reminding me!) This freezes the arrangement in place. I may get some browning on certain things, but for the most part they are good for a few months. This is why a prefer a non holiday pot.


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