At A Glance: Recent Work

week of Dec 1, 2015 (19)gray sticks, sparkle picks and lavender eucalyptus

week of Dec 1, 2015 (20)4 pots for the holidays and winter

winter containerplum eucalyptus and lime berry picks

week of Dec 1, 2015 (16) light ring on a stand/base that is covered with branchy twigs

week of Dec 1, 2015 (1)red and purple for the holidays

week of Dec 1, 2015 (14)a pair of winter pots

week of Dec 1, 2015 (8)contemporary winter pots

week of Dec 1, 2015 (9)twigs, pods and noble fir

week of Dec 1, 2015 (13)garland and pots

week of Dec 1, 2015 (11)hanging baskets with boxwood and berry picks

week of Dec 1, 2015 (7)flame willow

IMG_7467a plant stand

week of Dec 1, 2015 (15)steel topiary cone with grapevine and pine cone picks

week of Dec 1, 2015 (12)white eucalyptus and lime berry picks

December 4, 2015 258mixed greens

week of Dec 1, 2015 (6)cut tree in a wood box

December 4, 2015 267layered winter container

20151205_113446 (3)mixed green with extra incense cedar

week of Dec 1, 2015 (18)This fall pot looks too good to take apart.  We’ll come back later.


  1. Laura Martin says:

    Wow! Your creations are beautiful and inspiring. You are very talented. Thanks so much for sharing photos. I second one of the other comments. I would pay to take an online tutorial if you ever did one. I’ve done winter pot arrangements in the past, but not as nice looking as yours. I’m going to see if I can improve the look of my pots this year using your pot structure as a guideline. We’ve got lots of overgrown pines in the yard that could stand a little trimming. I grew up in suburbs outside of Detroit, but now live in another state. If I get back to Michigan I’ll make a point to stop by your shop.

  2. I’ve learned so much about assemblying fall and winter pots from reading your blog, Using foam blocks and metal rods was my AH-HA moment. The foam blocks last forever. This year I’m experimenting with four different plants from my yard that dried out nicely. Curious to see how well they will hold up when it snows. The dogwood branches you have are so vibrant. Wish I had access to your source.

  3. I am so inspired by your beautiful creations! Any advice on anchoring that cut tree in the pot? I’m going to try that this year.

    • Deborah Silver says:

      Dear Wendy, we buy 12-18″ long precut lengths of steel rebar at Home Depot. We put 4 in the pot-around the trunk of the tree. After driving the stakes down a ways, we wire the 4 steel pieces together with concrete wire-you can buy spools of that at Home Depot too. best, Deborah

  4. BRAVA !!!!

  5. Love how you fixed the winter pots. I am going to try a couple myself and see how they look thru the winter here in North Carolina. Deborah you are a great landscaper, I look forward to seeing your blog.

    • Deborah Silver says:

      Thanks for your letter, Nancy.I would imagine that the materials you use are different than what I would use-but the idea is the same. Letting pots sit empty for the winter is a missed opportunity. best, Deborah

  6. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Really like the red sticks, berries and green of the “layered winter container” Really enjoyed your photos! have a blessed holiday.

    • Deborah Silver says:

      Dear Kathleen, I do like winter container arrangements that look like warm coats. That look seems fitting. Best, Deborah

  7. Deborah,
    I chuckled to myself as I read the caption on your last photo. It was sad for me today as I dismantled my fall pots and replaced them with winter material; the kale still looked perfect! This fall’s mild temps have been so appreciated!

    • Deborah Silver says:

      Dear Alan, I do not remember a November and December where temps persisted into the 50’s, but it has enabled me to get several landscape projects done, and it has made the installation of the winter pots so much easier. This weather has been great. Best, Deborah

  8. Lovely combinations
    Do you have tutorial
    I would like to attend it online

  9. Trying to decide on my favorite!
    The layered container makes my mouth water. Sigh.

  10. the last “fall pot” has a wonderful Dr. Seuss feel to it, much to wonderful to take apart!


    • Deborah Silver says:

      Dear Ceci, that pot does have an insouciant attitude, doesn’t it? My client did not prune the lemon cypress-I am happy for that. The look is great. best, Deborah

  11. Brenda Marean says:

    Thank you, Deborah! I am so inspired by your creativity and use of unusual materials! Reading your blog gives me terrific joy and inspiration.

    Brenda Marean

    • Deborah Silver says:

      Dear Brenda, writing the blog is a pleasure-and all the more so when I hear from people. Thank you for writing. best, Deborah

  12. Fran Armstrong says:

    Wow I love it all!! I am going to try my hand at fixing a couple of pots on my front court yard. A bitter cold day but tomorrow will be nicer.

    • Deborah Silver says:

      Dear Fran, we have another week of good weather coming up-that makes it so much easier to do work outside. I have a lot of spring flowering bulbs I plant to plant next week as well-I am so happy for the extended season we are having. best, Deborah

  13. Really love all the winter pot designs! Simple but so creative and colourful.

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