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Evergreen Lantern Combo

Evergreens have classic good looks all year long, and with a lantern, those good looks continue into the evening. Plant a slow-growing combo of dwarf spruce and false cypress, then add the amber glow of a solar lantern on a shepherd’s hook. What a great way to say “Come on in!”
  • Photography by Jacob Fox

    Evergreen Glow Materials

    To make this evergreen container and lamp combo, use:

    • Large container, at least 20 inches tall and 20 inches wide
    • Potting soil
    • 1 dwarf Alberta spruce in a 2- or 3-gallon pot
    • 1 false cypress ‘Sungold’ in a 1/2- or 1-gallon pot
    • Single shepherd’s hook, approximately 48 inches tall
    • Solar lantern
    Date Published: November 14, 2016
    Date Updated: January 3, 2017
  • Photography by Jacob Fox

    Step 1: Plant Your Container

    Place your container in a sunny spot (it will be heavy after it’s planted). Fill the container halfway or more with potting soil and then position the evergreens in opposite corners, planting them only as deep as they were in their pots. Add more potting soil and firm it up against the plants’ roots. Water thoroughly.

    Date Published: November 14, 2016
    Date Updated: January 3, 2017
  • Photography by Jacob Fox

    Step 2: Place Hook

    Place the shepherd’s hook firmly in the soil and hang the lantern. If the soil is too soft to support the hook and lantern, allow it to settle and dry a few days before placing the hook with at least one prong inserted into the tree’s root ball. Add seasonal touches, such as dashes of color during the winter, to make your planter even more noticeable.

    Date Published: November 14, 2016
    Date Updated: January 3, 2017
  • Photography by Jacob Fox

    Step 3: Let Them Grow

    Both the dwarf spruce and the false cypress will continue to grow slowly, perhaps 1–3 inches per year. Eventually they will outgrow the container, and if left too long, they will become stressed and die. After three to four years, you could remove the tree and shrub from the pot and try replanting the pair in your yard. Autumn is a good time to plant evergreens, because they will settle in without becoming stressed by a long summer’s heat.

    Date Published: November 14, 2016
    Date Updated: January 3, 2017

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