Containers in winter?


Container gardening is certainly addictive and many do them year round, often changing the composition seasonally. Depending on the size of the container, you can plant a small shrub, deciduous or evergreen, to "ground" your container garden. Young shrubs that outgrow their container may then be planted out in the garden to grow on. Then you can add supporting plants depending on the season. A winter combination might include include a red twigged dogwood with hellebores, which bloom in late winter-early spring, along with evergreen ferns. In early spring you could add pansies or primroses. Then in summer you could swap out the pansies and primroses for colorful heucheras and annual flowers. If you don't want a more permanent container, you can cut evergreens in late fall and just "plant" the cuttings in the container, tucking in mums in the fall and pansies in the spring. When the warm weather returns, just yank out the evergreens and start the process over again. Summer plantings can include just about anything: houseplants, tropicals, annuals and perennials. Hope this helps get you started!


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  • Last Updated Mar 21, 2022
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