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Winter Cottage Garden Style

Beautiful Winter Garden Ideas Winter Cottage Garden Style Winter Flowers, Winter Botanicals and Winter Gardens

Spring is still two months away, but for those of us who love flowers and gardening, that’s just too long to wait! Today I am excited to be joining several blogging friends in sharing how we are still enjoying all the inspiration that gardening, flowers, plants and botanicals can bring during the winter months.  If you have never considered winter as a season to really embrace gardening or garden style, you are in for a treat today!  *This post contains affiliate links.


Several years ago I really began to enjoy the beauty and magic of the winter garden. Winter gardening was new to me at the time, but I have since discovered so many ways to stay “connected” to the garden and flowers during the winter months. By incorporating evergreens in outdoor winter displays, creating garden vignettes on the front porch, doing mid-winter garden clean up, or spending snow days scouring seed catalogs and garden books in preparation for spring, I have found ways to nourish my love of gardening and plants while waiting for spring’s arrival. 



Winter Garden Inspiration

Pin Away Wednesdays: Winter Garden Inspiration

Of course, there’s always Pinterest too! The post above is one of my absolute favorites. If you are new to winter gardening, or you just love pretty things, I encourage you to check it out.


However, the easiest way for me to embrace my love of  “all things garden” during the winter is to create a bit of cottage garden style indoors, using fresh or faux evergreens, realistic faux flowers, plants, moss spheres, and other natural and botanical-themed decor. Of course fresh flower bouquets are enjoyable any time of year!


Creating Winter Cottage Garden Style with Beautiful Faux Flowers, Plants and Greenery



Just last week I finally got around to clearing away my Christmas decorations and snowy winter decor from the top of the vintage chest in the dining room. I was in the mood for some winter garden style, so I gathered up a few of my favorite faux winter flowers and some garden treasures to create an easy winter cottage garden style vignette on top of the chest.



A faux amaryllis bouquet in a glass vase grouped with a pretty pot of very realistic faux paperwhites and faux pothos in a rusty French urn gave me all the winter garden feels. These amazing faux plants and flowers really fool the eye, and they add much needed pops of “life” for winter. (Although I do have a green thumb, I choose to use realistic faux plants indoors due to having allergies to various types of soil fungi.)


Right before Christmas I discovered a new “high end” consignment shop with bargain prices, where I scored this beautiful vase of faux white amaryllis. I absolutely love it!


Isn’t the little nest tied to the vase just the cutest? I am so happy that I will be able to keep my amaryllis “blooming” from winter through early spring…with no maintenance!



Beautiful lithograph of an Amaryllis “Ismene Andreana” From the french botanical “Revue Horticule”, 1883

I adore old botanical prints!



When it comes to creating winter cottage garden vignettes, I am often inspired by Nordic winter garden style. The addition of a candle in a small white washed peat pot filled with moss and some deer antlers gave this vignette a bit of the Nordic winter-garden vibe I love.


I also enjoy Celtic garden style vignettes with mossy woodland accents for very late winter and early spring. Aren’t those faux snow drops just so sweet?


Paperwhites are my favorite Christmas-to-spring flowers! In addition to this pretty pot, I have a few other realistic faux paperwhites that I rotate in and out of vignettes from winter through spring. 




Vintage Paperwhites Botanical Print


Since taking these photos I have started making changes to the top of the vintage chest for Valentine’s Day, so I am now using some of these faux winter flowers in the kitchen. Before moving on to seeing my new kitchen with winter cottage garden style, let’s take a quick look back at how I have styled my other faux paperwhites and winter botanical themes over the past couple of winters.


Faux Paperwhites and Winter Botanicals in the Living Room 2019

Beautiful winter decorating ideas paperwhites and blue juniper, neutral decor

Keeping It Cozy Winter Home Tour 2019




winter decorating with paperwhites neutral winter decor ideas







Beautiful Faux paperwhites Pottery Barn


2019 Winter Kitchen Nook with Paperwhites






Beautiful ideas for decorating with paperwhites from winter through spring

If you really love paperwhites as much as I do, or if you are new to decorating with them for the winter months, be sure to check out this post: Winter Decorating with Paperwhites.


2020 Kitchen Nook with Winter Cottage Garden Style

A Wintergreen Home Tour 2020






A New Kitchen for Winter 2021!

farmhouse kitchen winter farmhouse kitchen amaryllis French pillows on window seat kitchen window seat

This winter I have a “new” kitchen to decorate, so I have been having fun playing around with different ways to create winter cottage garden style using my favorite faux winter florals and greenery. Currently I am loving the simplicity of the amaryllis bouquet on the marble bistro table. 


With the addition of two new windows, this bright and sunny nook almost feels like a mini-sun porch in the corner of the kitchen. It is definitely my favorite spot in the house now! 




As I was starting to take pictures, the little blue eggs in the nest reminded me to grab a blue toile pillow that I had forgotten all about. I am loving it here on the window seat! The extra bit of blue brightens up the space even more and adds a little more French country style to the nook.


I tied in the blue from the nook by placing a gorgeous antique blue transferware ironstone platter behind the cloche display in the center of the china cabinet built-ins. After Christmas I took down the mini cypress wreaths with red velvet ribbon from the cabinet doors. The festive bits and baubles, holly, juniper and Christmas candies are also all packed away, but I kept out some faux evergreen bundles tucked down in a couple of ironstone pitchers inside the cabinets. 



I created winter garden style in the center cubby with a pair of matching mini- moss ball topiaries, and a simple candle and cypress grapevine wreath cloche display. 


Most winter days are dreary so I really enjoy the soft flicker of the battery-operated pillar candle in the cloche.



The little green snowflake votive candle holders in the cabinets and the lights in the corner basket also keep the kitchen feeling cozy and warm for winter.


Some adorable vintage style snowmen are sticking around for winter too.


I brought out my big primitive duck just for Christmas, but I am still loving it in this corner for winter. I also think it will be cute in this spot for spring too.  




After Christmas I switched the duck’s red ticking stripe bow for a neutral farmhouse buffalo check ribbon. I kept the faux cypress greenery in the basket for winter, along with some dried orange slices. 






I also found a new spot for my favorite paperwhites sign and the big pot of faux paperwhites on the counter. This winter cottage garden style corner will easily transition to spring!



Speaking of spring…the window seat in the nook is the perfect place to get lost in some favorite gardening books and dream of spring gardening, while enjoying a cup of tea or a yummy orange or two. I have been feeling quite run down so I have been trying to load up on lots of vitamin C! 


I decided to leave the simple cypress garland above the windows through Valentine’s Day.  The more green around our home, the happier I am!


These oranges won’t last long, but for now they look pretty as part of this winter botanical vignette. After eating the oranges I will save the peels to use in my fresh and fragrant stovetop simmer.




I am just loving all this beautiful winter sunshine! I hardly ever get this lucky when I need to take pictures for winter blog posts. Would you believe that it actually snowed this morning? It hasn’t snowed here since our Surprise White Christmas!




Even though the sun is shining this afternoon, it’s still very cold and icy! With all the snow outside bouncing light around, the kitchen feels extra bright and cheerful!  Before continuing on with today’s hop, let’s head outside for a quick look at a few snowy garden views.


Snow Day Garden Views

Just outside our back door a pretty bird house from Victorian Trading Company looks extra magical topped with snow.  


The mint in the copper pot can’t be killed! In March I will chop it all the way down again and before I know it, the pot will be overflowing with lush and delicious mint for tea and simmers!



I have no idea how the eucalyptus has survived since May, especially since it was just planted in a small pot! 



Oh look! My Great-Granny Blevins’ paperwhites are poking through the frozen ground! My mom dug several clumps up for me from our family’s Old Kentucky farm two springs ago. They bloomed here in their new home last spring! I will hopefully be enjoying some of my heirloom paperwhites in bouquets during late winter or very early spring!


spring flowers forced tulips, forced daffodils and pansies in French planter

With the paperwhites poking through the ground, that means it won’t be long before the garden centers will be stocked back up with pretty pansies and daffodils that can be enjoyed in late winter too! Give me all all the late winter flowers!



I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the ways I decorate for winter with cottage garden style in my home as well as some snow-day garden views and that you are feeling inspired to embrace winter garden joys too! Now it’s time to continue on with the hop by heading over to check out Marty’s sun porch decorated for winter at A Stroll Thru Life!


 Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers’  beautiful winter garden ideas today via the link up below.

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  • Reply stacy

    Amber I love how your home is decorated with your winter cottage garden style! That faux amaryllis looks so authentic! And I love your dining room centerpiece it looks so beautiful! Thank you so much for hosting and organizing this one! Love love love to garden and looking forward to spring gardening with you this year!

    January 29, 2021 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Rebecca Payne

    I love your bouquets.

    January 29, 2021 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    Beautiful Amber,

    I tried to by faux paperwhites this year but was clearly too late. Every spot I looked they were gone.

    Your Amaryllis look so real and still love your paperwhite sign, one of my favorites.

    Citrus says winter, it’s most plentiful in winter. We associate with spring and summer but many places it’s perfect timing.

    I can’t wait for my daffodils blooms in spring. I planted them this fall. It was an exciting moment since it was the first time I could physically get into our backyard and garden too!


    January 29, 2021 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    I can’t tell you how much I loved your blog post Amber. The faux paperwhites and amaryllis are so beautiful. Your kitchen looks gorgeous as ever. I spied a Garden Style Better Homes and Gardens book that I also own. Thank you for inviting me to join this fabulous blog hop. Pinned so many pics for future inspiration.

    January 29, 2021 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    Your new kitchen is gorgeous. I’m sure that decorating it for each new season is a delight. How fun to have your family paperwhites. Your faux flowers look amazing. Thanks for hosting this special blog hop.

    January 29, 2021 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, I remember most of these posts 😉 I love the cottage garden style you’ve created. Thanks for hosting and organizing! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    January 29, 2021 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    Every time I see your new kitchen I sigh because it’s just so beautiful. I think many people forget how lovely winter can be and to enjoy the natural beauty of the winter garden and plantings. I’m all for faux because of allergies and kitties. Now they make so many gorgeous life-like flowers. Your amaryllis bundle is gorgeous and so real looking. I love that dresser and how you make vignettes so perfect in your dining room. Thanks so much for putting together the hop, it’s been so much fun. I’m getting a late start but I can’t wait to see everyone’s winter garden look!

    January 29, 2021 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply Kelly Radcliff

    Amber I always love seeing what you share! All of your faux flowers are just beautiful. I also love that you have family paperwhites! Thanks for hosting this lovely hop.

    January 29, 2021 at 11:28 pm
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    I absolutely adore all of your fabulous faux touches. They truly add that lovely bit of color that takes one through spring. Thank you so much for hosting this fabulous party!

    January 30, 2021 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    I could happily stand and admire your new kitchen all day and love the winter cottage garden style accents you have added. It’s all so pretty. By the way your paperwhites post is still one of my favorites! Beautiful post and hop!

    January 30, 2021 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Marty

    Amber your kitchen is such a dream and I love how you have it decorated. Your winter gardens are so fun and so beautiful.

    January 30, 2021 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

    Amber I love everything about your kitchen – especially your brick floors! Your paperwhites are dreamy – I totally would not have known they were faux if you didn’t mention it! And I love decorating with Celtic touches this time of year too! I need to find one of those shamrocks like you have. Thanks so much for hosting such a unique and inspirational hop!

    January 30, 2021 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    I love that you have surrounded your self with greens for winter. Pillows, plants, glass, garland, all of it! I was trying to do that (you did it so well) and felt like I was in a jungle. Definitely taking more cues from you next time. Just so beautiful! How do your guys at home feel about all of your wonderful decorating? Are they used to it and never comment or are excited about the changes you make? When my kids were home, they never said a word. Not one word. Now, if I send them a photo, I’ll get a “that’s cute” or something but that’s from the girls. I don’t bother sending a pic to my son. That’s a waste of time.

    January 31, 2021 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Christy @ Our Southern Home

    Your winter styling is so beautiful. You are such a talented woman! Your kitchen is so amazing. That hutch stops me in my scroll every time!!! Thanks for sharing the print source.

    February 3, 2021 at 8:59 am
  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    Back again to reread your Winter Botanicals and Gardens… You have a beautiful collection of artificial plants, and my favorite is the bundle of white amaryllis. Pinned a couple of photos to my Blue and White board.

    We are hunkering down for more extremely cold weather for us. The lows forecast are 9° on Sunday night and 1° on Monday night. I can’t remember it ever getting to 1° before in over 40 years of living in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. We are moving my potted hydrangeas inside with hopes of them surviving this winter.


    February 11, 2021 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Lynne Zemaitis

    I love your winter cottage garden style, Amber! I love how you incorporated beautiful greenery and flowers into your winter decor. I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Thank you so much for sharing!

    January 10, 2023 at 7:26 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks so much Lynn!

      January 14, 2023 at 11:20 pm

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