creating winter containers

In the North and Midwest where winter is harsh, it is nice to have something beautiful and colorful in front entry pots.  And why not out on the deck or any other place easily seen from inside your home?  Even fallen snow on your winter potscape will add to the beauty.

Create an arrangement by placing evergreen boughs, branches, and dried flower stalks into the soil of your summer pots.  Make sure the containers you use will withstand frigid winter weather.  Even though you won’t be watering containers of cut boughs and branches, the soil will be full of moisture which will expand when frozen.  Stone, ceramic and terra cotta containers may crack and split.  Wood, metal and resin containers are durable and weather resistant. 

More southern growing zones, where plants actually survive and grow in winter, allow you to plant extra hardy perennials, evergreens, even annuals.  Use plants a full 2 zones hardier than your growing zone to ensure the roots survive.  (This won’t work in zone 5a or colder, as the roots will still likely freeze and die.  In the ground, the roots are well insulated against the subzero temperatures.)

Here are a few ideas to inspire

 Karl Foerster grass, Fir and Cedar Evergreens, Oriental Poppy seed heads, dried Love Lies Bleeding flower tassels,  artificial cranberries

Karl Foerster grass, Fir and Cedar Evergreens, Oriental Poppy seed heads, dried Love Lies Bleeding flower tassels,  artificial cranberries