At A Glance: The Installation

Those flame willow forms set in mountain hemlock from my previous post proved to be too tall to transport in our box truck. Of course they were. The destination pots are 42″ in diameter. There is only one chance to get the scale and proportion right, as none of these materials will gain in size or grow over the winter.


Only 1 form fit in Dan’s pickup truck.

This winter container arrangement does not look too big for the pot, or the space.  More interesting is the fact that my summer planting of white mandevillea, nicotiana lime and white, and petunias was every bit this size by the end of the summer.

finished winter pot

garland and front door pots

The flame willow looks great with the brick, and the hydrangeas.

The materials for the four black urns include green preserved eucalyptus, white berry picks, incense cedar and German boxwood.


ready for winter




  1. Gorgeous! Do you have any night shots of the entire house front? Also a separate question – do you ever burlap to protect your boxwoods?
    Happy Holidays!

  2. WOW!! Worth the added hassle.

  3. Kathryn Larson says


  4. Kathleen Zak says

    beautiful solution

  5. These containers and designs look striking and show up so good in front of the house.
    The height just fits.

  6. Beautiful and stately in keeping with the rest of the house! Thank you for posting this and inspiring me to make my winter pots special-instead of sad!!

  7. Wow! Such a gorgeous piece. How tall did you make the willow?

  8. The neighbors must be crazy envious!! (Mercifully, no blow up Santas!) Your house is so charming and the landscaping is perfect. Congratulations! Merry Christmas!

  9. Love this.

  10. Absolutely stunning!!

  11. Amy Galsterer says

    What kind of string lights do you use to create the spiral?

  12. Beautiful!

  13. WOW! WOW! WOW! Love it all! Amazing!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Jeanine, thank you, thank you, thank you!! So pleased to be gardening in December. all the best, Deborah

  14. Absolutely stunning…. Magical….In the first few photos, it looked looked like a clay pot….how do you keep these from freezing and cracking in the winter?
    I so much enjoy your posts and photos. Do you have a published book of your work?
    It would make an enjoyable read.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Lenore, my pots that look like they are terra cotta are in fact English made fiber reinforced concrete. I have had them outside in my yard for 12 years-no cracks.

  15. Absolutely wonderful. I love the exact symmetry shown in the 4th last photo. I am imagining these beauties lit at night in a snowfall. Brilliant and enchanting!

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  17. Linda McNally says

    Just beautiful! I, too, think you have the luckiest neighbors. They get to view your gorgeous yard and changing arrangements on a daily basis! Hopefully, it inspires them to create lovely yards. You’ve done that to me–and I live in Des Moines, Iowa. Last year I bought a gorgeous ,heavy urn on a pedestal and used one of your designs to fill it (greenery with tall red branches in the center and flowing red bow). It was the talk of the neighborhood. I’ve repeated it this year and love it. Thank You, Deborah, for sharing your talents and knowledge. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog throughout the year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Linda, the whole point of my writing is to encourage other gardeners to garden in every season. Many thanks for your letter. best, Deborah

  18. Jennifer Taylor says

    WOW! And I thought the driveway pots were the main attraction! Silly me. These pots are even more spectacular, if that’s possible. Absolutely stunning. What a huge gift to your neighborhood!

  19. Helen MacLean says

    Thanks so much for sharing the whole creation of these mouth watering installations. Your house is so pretty sitting in the landscape. My clients and my horticulture community will benefit from you sharing your work.
    Nice crew, nice work.

  20. lisa narozanick says

    Crazy wonderful! I just wish I lived nearby to be able to drive past and drool!

  21. Monica Rutkovskis says


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