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How to Plant with Winter-Hardy Containers

This short post gives some fab tips on making sure your winter hardy containers are in great shape this year.

Most of us have containers that look good during the growing season but when it comes to the winter season, not so much.  Don’t give up hope!  There are many hardy winter evergreen plants that look great and provide color and texture lasting all winter long. 

For the best results choose plants that are suitable for a region that is at least two zones colder than your own.  Here in southern Connecticut can we are a Zone 6 therefore purchase plants that are Zone 4.

Color can be achieved with accent plants.  Erica, a winter flowering heather, will flower from late fall into early spring and is quite hardy. Gaultheria, an evergreen groundcover produces red berries in the fall that persist into the winter. Plants with variegated leaves or needles can also provide interest. 

By mixing in a few dwarf conifers, like ‘Blue Star’ juniper,  ‘Hinoki’ cypress and ‘Sungold’  thread cypress,  with heathers, you'll have a vibrant, textured container.

It’s important to use a well-drained potting soil and a container that has good drainage.  After planting into your container, water it once a week until the soil freezes solid.  To help plants retain moisture, spray evergreens with an anti- transparent, like Wilt-proof. 

October and November are ideal months to plant before a deep freeze occurs, so get inspired and plant some winter containers today!

For more information and to see a demo, feel free to watch our short video, attached to this article.

Michele Blakeslee, a professional horticulturalist who has been with Nielsen's for over 5 years, will be giving a free demonstration at Nielsen's on Sunday Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.

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