If you’re striving for a garden with four-season appeal, don’t overlook your pots. Instead of retiring them for winter, fill them with an eye-catching combo of cold-hardy plants and cuttings. The extra textures and color will instantly brighten your garden’s dreariest season.
Evergreen boughs, interesting pods and cones, and colorful stems and berries are just some of the botanical materials you can weave into a container design. If you are fortunate enough to live in a warm part of the country, living plants are also an option. In regions where freezing temperatures are the norm, gardeners should be aware that the living selections available to them, such as conifers and hardy boxwood, will contribute to container aesthetics but may not survive winter; extreme temperature changes are often too harsh for their sensitive roots.
Location aside, nature provides ample options for wintry designs, as do garden centers and craft stores. Arrange combos using the same principles that apply to warm-season plantings and your winter containers will be equally spectacular.