Everybody knows that trying to grow plants in winter is a waste of time. The ground is frozen and the temperature is fit for neither man nor beast let alone your pretty snapdragons.
But is it really? Truth be known, there are some plants that actually thrive in cold weather! Of course, not much will grow in frozen soil or temperatures below freezing. But, there are alternatives!
A perfect solution to the frigid temperatures that stifle so many plants is container gardening. Potted plants have a greater potential for growth. Flowers, vegetables, herbs, and fruit can all be successfully grown during the winter months. Some special care may is needed depending on the type of plant and its location. One of the major advantages of containers is that they can be moved. So, when Mother Nature sends a cold wind your way, simply pick up your plants and move them to a warmer location.
Those who grow vegetables, fruits or herbs see some additional benefits to growing in the winter. Stores typically raise the price of these products during the winter following the law of supply and demand and the high cost of transporting cross country. If you grew your own favorite vegetables or herbs, you’ll not only save money but you’ll, most likely, eat better, too.
When planning your winter garden, try to throw in a variety of different plants. Ornamental grasses and small green shrubs provide a wonderful contrast. Common perennials like Astilbe or Caryopteris (Bluebeard) have vibrant colors that will brighten up your day. There’s nothing wrong with mixing vegetables with flowers.