Try these simple ideas for traditional, stunning and stylish displays
This window will shout ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’ to all your neighbours! Start by arranging taller pine tree twigs at the back of your windowbox and shorter fir twigs in the front. Then fill in the gaps with pine and fir, spacing barberry, holly or rose hip stems to add some colour. Make sure you remove the leaves from the stems as they’ll wilt quickly. Load your arrangement with bold, three-dimensional snowflakes, silver and golden Christmas balls or other seasonal decorations.
The traditional deep-red poinsettias contrast wonderfully with bright snow-white cyclamen. Plant them in a loam-based compost with some added bark for better drainage. When you plant the cyclamen, take care that the tops of the tubers are just above soil level and firm in all plants to prevent water pockets. Silver, spray-painted pine cones add to the festive feel, and add some tea lights to draw attention to your creation even more. Position the container in a bright spot with indirect light, not cooler than around 15C (59F) as poinsettias hate chilly drafts on a cold windowsill at night. Keep them moist, but not too wet, and mist the foliage to extend the flowering period. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser every two weeks.
Just place some fir branches with cones in a wooden windowbox to create a rustic box. Use some taller, upright branches for the back and smaller sized ones for the front. Holly, barberry or rose hip stems scattered in between give you a festive splash of colour. You could pep up your display using Christmas lights, Christmas baubles or other ornaments, or you could just leave it nice and simple to keep the natural touch – it’s up to you!
Make a Christmas Tree box out of Miniature potted conifers, with their cute, traditional look and fresh fragrance, spread festive spirit. With a little care, they’ll be happy in your windowbox. A lollipop-style conifer grafted up to around 20-30cm (8-12in) in a ball shape would be ideal for this display. Plant in half soil/half ericaceous compost with grit to improve drainage. Keep them outside as they don’t cope well with hot, dry conditions indoors. Don’t let them dry out but don’t let them sit in wet compost either. Choose a small wooden or terracotta pot to restrict their root growth.