Susan Whiteley says, "It's just a mini-garden," when asked to explain how she thinks of designing her seasonal containers. Just, just. How come mine never look like hers? How much time do you have?
Susan, a member of the Four Counties Garden Club for the last decade and owner of Garden Views, a garden design and installation business in Newtown Square, created a slew of holiday containers for our interview today. They were really interesting.
One of my favorites looked quite simple - except I just never think of designs like that, which is why I get paid to write about people who do rather than do what they do! This one starts with a plastic pot from Home Depot. Now I know plastic has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi reputation, and I don't mean that in a good way, but these pots are fabulous.
Susan filled it with a 'Fat Albert' Colorado blue spruce, which she decorated with long cinnamon sticks tied with wired ribbon, copper-colored Christmas balls with both shiny and matte finish, and the tiniest white lights ever.