At A Glance: More Warm For Winter

purple and lavender
winter-container.jpgDressing a fountain for winter

curly-copper-willow.jpgfinished arrangement

winter-containers.jpgFrancesca del Re terra cotta pot ready for winter

winter-white.jpgwinter white

winter-container.jpgblanket of noble and silver fir

copper-willow.jpgcollection of winter pots

winter-container-arrangement.jpg lead egg cup

winter-container-arrangement.jpgcurly copper willow and oregonia

winter-container.jpgred bud pussy willow, mixed greens, fan willow, and purple eucalyptus

winter-containers.jpgThe Avenue diner in Royal Oak


  1. Marti Neely, APLD says

    Stunning as always, thank you for being so generous and sharing your talents with all of us.

  2. Paula Stemen says

    Your container designs are the most classic and stunning that I have ever seen! Thank you so much for sharing your pictures and tips for assembling.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Paula, thanks for your kind letter. How I assemble containers is the result of many years of practice. There is no reason not to pass that along. As for the aesthetic decisions, every gardener has to make that call for themselves. Deborah

  3. Who would have thought that winter pot decorating would have me so spellbound? Each post brings more wonders to behold. Thank you.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Michaele, thanks for your letter. Anything related to nature and the season is spellbinding for me too. Deborah

  4. debra phillips @ 5th and state says

    i too thank you for your generosity in sharing deborah. you are a wealth, talent and class, bravo to you!

    question if i may; do you add a layer of protection over the fountain under the greens?

    many thanks

    • Deborah Silver says

      Debra, many thanks for your kind letter-I truly appreciate it. This fountain is actually concrete with integral color. So water in it will not hurt. That said, this pot is so large, that we have mounted the floral foam on an exterior plywood base that is a little larger than the diameter of the pot. I doubt any water or snow gets in the pot over the winter. Best, Deborah

  5. I do not comment often but I wanted to say I do appreciate your posts. I have been enjoying your containers.

  6. Mary Starnes says

    As always, you do such beautiful work! Question on p.o. cedar, do you find that it browns out the quickest and any suggestions to prevent this? I also remember catching a post long ago where you mentioned using a spray type paint/stain to keep certain greens in color. What do you use? The Port Orford cedar drapes so beautifully but I don’t have the best of luck with it.
    Thanks for any advice

    • Deborah Silver says

      Mary, I rarely use cedar, as it browns so quickly. Spraying it with wiltpruf will help conserve the moisture. Craft stores carry floral paint in spray cans, if you need to add color. I use a olive/basil color, so it doesn’t look “too” green. Good luck! Deborah

  7. Love this blog and all of your information and pictures. If any of the pots are fiberglass, do you have an issue with them freezing and cracking during the winter. jeanne

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Jeanne, I have no experience with fiberglass pots. I do know that elevating any pot off of a hard surface such that the pot can drain helps to prevent cracking. Pots that crack have water trapped in them. When water freezes, it expands. Thanks for writing, Deborah

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