Last year I planted my urns with living plants such as hellebores, Osmanthus and ornamental cabbages, but this year I decided to go with sticks. Lots of sticks, in various colors.
Although I grow both yellow and red twig dogwood in my gardens, I purchased the sticks for the urns from the garden center, because I wanted longer stems than I am growing right now. They had regular red and yellow twigs, plus some longer dogwood stems that have shades of orangey-peach…irresistible! I combined these with curly willow, some red painted birch stems and unpainted, natural birch branches. I put two blocks of wet Oasis in the bottom of the urns to hold the stems in place. After the branches were there, I had to decide how to fill the tops so that the green Oasis was hidden. I could have stuck branches of evergreens such as juniper and white pine, but in the end I decided to go with pinecones.