Day 3: A Fancy Christmas Coop

Using the Southern Living®Plant Collection, we can have this coop looking sharp!

If you are fortunate enough to own hens, especially French hens, share them with your friends.  Unfortunately, we live in a neighborhood within the city where neither hens nor chickens are allowed.

Lucky for me though, I have some sweet little friends (between the ages of 3 and 12) that graciously host 12 chickens in their backyard. They have the most adorable chicken coop and I thought I would share with them a way of decorating the window box for Christmas.

Using the Southern Living®Plant Collection, we can have this coop looking sharp and ready for Santa in no time!

Chickens know a thing or two about giving. We reap what they sew all year long.

With this simple gardening project we can show the chickens just how grateful we are for all that they do. If you don’t have a chicken coop of your own, use this how-to on your own home. 

Step 1: Fill your window box half way full with soil.  Go ahead and spend the extra the money for great soil.  

*Ask your local garden center for recommendations. You will be thankful you made the investment and your plants will thank you also.

Step 2: Plant the 1 Yewtopia® Plum Yew in the center of the window box

Step 3: Next, plant Purple Pixie® Loropetalum on each side. I have a tendency to go overboard “stuffing” and “fluffing”, but for this time of year lavishness is key!

Step 4: Fill in the holes with thyme or any trailing herb. (I prefer thyme because I also enjoy cooking with it.)

Step 5: Now comes the fun part! Start adding pine around the base of your plants allowing it to drape over the edges.  When clipping the pine try to find branches with pine cones intact.

Step 6: Add Oakland™ Holly, frazier fir and magnolia. Place the bottom of the stem directly into the soil. I have found that when you water your window box, the greenery will drink the water and stay fresh all season long.

Step 7: Lastly, layer in bright Flirt™ Nandina berries for that pop of holiday color!

Tip: After the holidays, you can remove the greenery to enjoy the window box in every season.          

The chickens are definitely experiencing the Christmas spirit now! With their fantastic new garden, they can wait patiently for Santa and enjoy the luscious, green view. 

If you don’t have any chicken friends or friends with chickens, you can use this tutorial to bless someone you do know!

I guarantee that no one on your Christmas list is getting a freshly planted garden this year.

Make the grand gesture and be the first to give your loved ones this unforgettable and extraordinary gift. 

Materials

Instructions

Step 1: Fill your window box half way full with soil.  Go ahead and spend the extra the money for great soil.  

*Ask your local garden center for recommendations. You will be thankful you made the investment and your plants will thank you also.

Step 2: Plant the 1 Yewtopia® Plum Yew in the center of the window box

Step 3: Next, plant Purple Pixie® Loropetalum on each side. I have a tendency to go overboard “stuffing” and “fluffing”, but for this time of year lavishness is key!

Step 4: Fill in the holes with thyme or any trailing herb. (I prefer thyme because I also enjoy cooking with it.)

Step 5: Now comes the fun part! Start adding pine around the base of your plants allowing it to drape over the edges.  When clipping the pine try to find branches with pine cones intact.

Step 6: Add Oakland™ Holly, frazier fir and magnolia. Place the bottom of the stem directly into the soil. I have found that when you water your window box, the greenery will drink the water and stay fresh all season long.

Step 7: Lastly, layer in bright Flirt™ Nandina berries for that pop of holiday color!