Winter container gardens are easy to grow and provide welcome colour in the colder months when most of your landscape is dormant. Place a variety of plants in a weatherproof container to create a winter garden. Popular winter containers are made of stone, metal, heavy plastic or fibreglass. Choose plants that are hardy to temperatures that are two zones colder than your climate to ensure plant survival.
Shrubs, Vines and Flowers
Many plants are hardy from zones four through eleven, which makes them popular options for winter container gardens. Shrubs such as yucca, Japanese pieris, bergenia, boxwood, and heuchera are popular as foundation plants in winter containers. Vinca vine provides interesting texture to the garden by trailing from the pot. A few flowers, such as pansies and varieties of heather, will bloom in the winter to provide your container garden with showy colour.
Trees and Berries
Fill your winter container garden with berry-producing trees and shrubs such as Japanese holly and winterberry holly. Small trees such as dogwood, magnolia, cedar and cypress can live in winter containers as well, providing a season of greenery. Most of these trees and berries are hardy from zones five through nine.
A few varieties of vegetables grow well in winter container gardens and produce a crop for the colder months. Popular vegetables are broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, brussel sprouts, swiss chard and kale. If you plan to consume the vegetables, start the plants in late summer then move the containers indoors before the first frost. Leave the plants outdoors all winter if you do not plan to harvest the vegetables. The cold will damage the vegetables as they grow.
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