Now that we are in the middle of Winter how are you unprotected flowerpot perennials doing? If you havenít taken any steps to protect them this will be your last chance. Snow and freezing temps can really dish out a beating on your outdoor potted plants. Without these added steps they can become damaged and possibly not make it till next Spring.
When looking at your potted rosebushes, flowers, and grasses you need to decide if they need to be cut back so by next spring new growth will appear. Maybe the planters, want to keep all the dead foliage as a layer of protection from the cold weather, then itís best to leave it alone.
We all know how a planter of roses needs to be cut back to ensure next seasons growth. Whether you decide to cut back or leave as is the perennial garden containers you have they all can use a nice dose of mulch. Mulch will act as a barrier between the cold and freezing roots. Lay a blanket of fall leaves, some shredded hay or a layer of pinecones, rocks or nuts in the shell. Create a blanket for the potting mix and plants roots to sleep in comfortably.
Potted grasses have become very popular over the last few years. They provide a unique almost contemporary look to your homes landscaping and outdoor décor. They love to be cut back to not only keep them looking their best but to help them conserve their energy during the cold winter months. Come Spring they will grow again in the colorful vibrant foliage you desire.
Hydrangea planters donít need to be cut back but if you do so you will be richly rewarded with larger blooms next Spring. If you choose not to cut them back or just missed the time of year to do so donít worry. Come next Spring you will still get smaller flowers but the older branches will grow studier.