My front porch containers are looking a little plain right now. I tossed out my frozen, mushy mums in November but haven't mustered up the energy to put to anything in for the winter season. SAD.
Normally, I would not leave these beautiful canvases blank. Here's a peak at what I tuck into the soil in my pots for the winter. That's right, spring bulbs.
I use early spring blooming daffodil and tulip bulbs. It's important that they are extremely cold hardy to survive the harsh above ground temperatures of Missouri. The evergreens provide insulation to keep the bulbs protected, but they should be removed in February to allow soil to warm and be exposed to sunlight, so the bulbs will start to sprout and bloom. Spring pansies can be added later to fill in the pots.
After covering the bulbs with 4-6 inches of soil, I add in the greenery and painted white willow branches. You can find out more about these in my previous posts. Here's what the basic structure looks like.
You could keep your pots natural like this or chose to take it up a notch for the holidays. I always like to add a little glitz and glitter. I take these pots to the next level with contemporary colors and patterns for tons of wow factor!
Make sure to use plastic ornaments that are shatter-proof. Glass is a BIG no-no outside. And don't forget to tie it all together with a matching wreath!