How to Make a Winter Container Garden

Don’t let the cold season spoil your fun gardening–enjoy the beauty of living color year round by planting a winter container garden! With hardy plantings and proper vessel materials, winter container gardens serve as low maintenance planters capable of surviving low temperatures in winter.

Container gardens do not require much water or direct sunlight, allowing your winter garden to blossom and thrive largely on its own. In addition to their easy care regimen, container gardens are useful in decorating front steps, porches, sun rooms, and outdoor areas with vibrant colors and texture even when the rest of your garden is lying dormant for the winter season.

The Best Types of Planters for Container Gardens

Not all planters are suitable for winter container gardens. While some materials are unlikely to crack when exposed to frost and cold temperatures, others may get damaged when water trapped inside freezes and expands. For this reason, the most suitable materials to use as planters holding winter gardens are metal, some types of plastics, resin, or fiberglass. These materials are non-porous and are less likely to soak up water after rain or watering. This means these materials are less likely to crack in the event of frost.

It is best to avoid planting your winter garden in containers made of cement, stone, concrete, or wood due to the porous nature of these materials. For gardens planted in such porous containers, it is important to drill drainage holes along the bottom in order to ensure that water does not get trapped inside the container after watering or rainfall. Otherwise, with too much water caught in the soil and within the container material itself, there is a risk that cold temperatures can cause the water to expand, ultimately cracking and destroying the container holding your garden. While a drainage hole may help prolong the life of a container made of porous material, ultimately it is more advisable to make use of non-porous planter materials for the winter season.

Planting a Winter Container Garden

Choosing robust plants for your container garden ensures with greater likelihood that your planter will thrive throughout the winter season. Not all species of plant are suitable for growing in a container garden, but there are many varieties of plants to choose from.

A winter container garden can make use of perennials, or plants capable of living more than two years, just as good as annuals, or shorter-lived plant species that survive for about a year. Some of the best plant species to use in a winter container garden include:

Perennial Plants for Winter Container Gardens:

● Juniper
● Ivy
● Coral Bells
● Spruce
● Mini Fir Trees

Annual Plants for Winter Container Gardens:

● Sage
● Cabbage
● Pansies
● Flax
● Kale

Winter container gardens are a short-term commitment that allows you to experiment with different combinations of plant species. Using annuals in your winter container garden means you can even change the combination of plants used each winter season if desired. This ability to replace and replant may encourage you to make bold decisions and try new combinations in your winter container garden.

How to Make Your Winter Container Garden Beautiful

When planting a container garden, it can be difficult to know where to start or how to ensure a beautiful arrangement of plants. There is no wrong way to put a winter container garden together, but the best way to approach your project is to figure out what you want your focal point to look like and add layers of accessory plants surrounding it. Knowing what main color, texture, or shape you want to see when you look at your container garden can help you select the type of plant you want to use as your focal point.

The focal point of your garden may be placed towards the center of your container, and should strive to be one of the taller plant species you use. By placing the tallest plant in the center of your planter, it is possible to add layers of shorter plants all around it without covering up the focal point visually.

Aside from layering different heights of plants in your container garden, it is also important to consider how the colors and textures of your plants complement one another. The juxtaposition of stiffer, more upright plants with softer, flowing plants can add volume and interest to your planter overall. In addition to the main plant species included in your container garden, you can embellish your planter with other natural decorations, such as pine cones or sticks. Placing these elements strategically can help you create a balanced layout for your winter container garden.

Don’t hesitate to add enough layers of plants to create a blended and full container garden. Winter container gardens filled with plants and natural embellishment lends to a healthy and lush look for your planter.

Spice Up Your Winter Container Garden

If you’re looking for new ways to spice up your winter container garden, consider adding unexpected elements to your arrangement, such as LED lighting, colorful winter ornaments, and dried or faux flowers. You may choose to decorate the planter itself with these unique items or weave them in between the plants growing.

Find Everything You Need at Grayco

The Lawn and Garden section at Grayco Hardware & Home Center has everything you need to create a beautiful winter container garden. Our store representatives will be happy to provide advice and help you find what you’re looking for. Visit us today!

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