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Wonderful Winter Containers







Container gardening doesn't have to stop when the growing season is over.  Taking advantage of strong plants and seasonal cuttings keeps your pots going into spring.

Rely on plants with winter flowers and ones that feature winter berries.  It is always a good idea to include plants with interesting leaves.  Many leaves come in variegated colors which add a lot of character and depth.  Another great feature are plants & trees that emphasize intriguing bark.  Like Crape Myrtles, Oakleaf hydrangeas and Paperbark Maple.

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There are plants that have unusual natural structure and grow in different shapes.  Japanese maples - Red Twigged or yellow twigged dogwoods.  During the winter cold you should realize that this is not the time to dead head all plants.  You can attract birds by leaving seed heads of perennials.

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Even though you do not want to do extensive pruning during the cold winter months, you can prune evergreens into compelling shapes that add interest and fun.  As mentioned before - grasses are a easy way to invite motion in your garden or potted plants.  They look especially inviting when placed on either side of a your front door.

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Lastly, don't forget to add sensory splashes through out your garden with chimes, mirrors, and pinwheels.  The is the time to showcase garden ornaments, potted plants and sculptures. 

A garden does not have to look lackluster in winter just because some of the plants go dormant.  Use these ways to keep a garden full of life in the cold season.


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