PlantTherapy: Bird-Friendly Flower Box

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John at Root Stock shows us how a flower box can be put to work for the winter, providing beauty that needs little upkeep and offering a little snack for the birds while food is scarce.

Take a look at the video, his tips, and more pics after the jump...


In the video above you can watch this project come together in a matter of minutes

Here's the scoop on John's flower box:


  • John's arrangement was made with just four small bundles of seasonal branches and a few pine cones.

  • He notes that flower boxes that hold annuals will be full of roots by the end of the season. Just cut off the tops and leave the soil with the roots. They will help to hold the branches that you insert for your winter arrangement (like a floral foam).

  • This winter arrangement doesn't require watering, and, according to John, lasts into February.

  • Pepperberries and holly were used for their color and also because birds love them. But there are any number of items that could be added for the birds. Rose hips, snowberries, Siberian crabapples and many other winter finds are great additions to a flower box.

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The finished product.
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Holly berries peeking out from underneath
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Pepperberry - John recommends stripping the leaves since they die off quickly

Thanks for the demonstration, John!

matt at apartment therapy dot com

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