DIY Winter Border Project

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a bit of gardening. Some hardy plants are primed to enhance your landscape – all you need is a little ingenuity. For example, in a few weeks, Mountain Snow™ Pieris will begin to bloom in all its glory. Why not create a border that will capitalize on its cold-hardiness and brighten your outdoor view? Since it’s still too cold this year to plant in the ground, I’ve devised another method.

Download your own DIY Winter Border project instructional sheet!

How to create a quick and savvy border:

Step 1: Drill six small holes in the bottom of each galvanized container for drainage. Be sure to use a bit appropriate for galvanized metal.

Step 2: Align the containers in the desired location and fill with soil.

Step 3: Remove each Mountain Snow™ Pieris from its original container. Loosen the roots before planting.

Step 4: Plant two Mountain Snow™ Pieris side-by-side in each galvanized container.  

These tiny buds are about to be transformed into blooms. I can assure you it’s worth planting the Mountain Snow™ Pieris now, as it makes for a delightful early-spring show. Plus, the blooms are perfect for centerpieces.

You now have a lovely, seasonal border from one simple weekend project. And, once temperatures rise, you may plant these beauties in the ground for year-after-year of early-spring displays


  • 3 large galvanized containers
  • 6 Mountain Snow Pieris
  • 4 Large bags of soil


  • 1 drill