Holiday Porch Plants

Are you looking for the perfect plant to decorate your front porch with for the holidays? Here are some local landscapers’ favorite porch plants that are perfect for the holiday season.

Edited by Moe Godat


The topiary boxwood is extremely versatile and is a reliable evergreen for our growing zone. In containers it can be dressed up with other annuals, stems and greens to look very formal or festive, or it can be simply planted alone in a container and still add interest to any porch or patio. Its glossy, dark green leaves make the perfect backdrop for other colors and textures. For winter, we love pairing a topiary boxwood in containers with Winter Survivor pansies, magnolia branches, cedar garland, creeping Jenny, heather or even lights and décor! Better yet, it’s not needy or finicky when it comes to care. 

Information provided by Clarissa Joyce and Steve Roesch, Garden Heights Nursery.

Year-round care: Topiary boxwoods can easily be used throughout the year, not just during the holiday season! In the spring and summer, dress up the container with colorful annuals and overflowing, trailing greens! In the fall, we love pairing boxwoods in containers with pansies and kale or cabbage for additional texture!

Water: Two to three times in November, once per month in colder winter months

Light: Low light or high light; boxwoods are very forgiving!

Location: Add interest to your entryways and wow incoming guests!

The Ice Breaker Korean Fir, a dwarf evergreen, makes a great ornamental plant in a landscape setting and will also make a statement in a winter pot by itself or in a grouping! It's icy blue-green foliage makes the perfect winter themed plant, and it's miniature size makes it perfect for your front porch! Andria Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

Designed with fresh, fragrant cuttings and seasonal accents, these arrangements last all the way through the winter months and require very little maintenance. A perfect way to liven up your patio during the dreary months and keep those pots full of lovely greenery. This porch pot features Juniper, Arborvitae, Magnolia, Eucalyptus, Pine and Cedar. Hillary Fitz, Greenscape Gardens.

Little Gem Norway Spruce features adorable soft green tiny needles that densely cover a rounded ball that looks slightly smushed. Its naturally round shape makes it fantastic in pots. You can get a designer look in just minutes by adding red berries around its base and white twinkling lights. It is very slow growing and easy to care for. It prefers full sun to part shade. Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

Buxus x Green Mountain is a vigorous evergreen shrub with bright green foliage that retains good color throughout winter. The upright, naturally cone-shaped habit makes it an excellent candidate for topiary forms, and a striking container or formal garden accent. Use in mass plantings to create either a free-form or a sculpted hedge. David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest Nursery.