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4 Ideas for Fall/Winter Container Gardens

October 23, 2015

Each year we choose different plants for our winter container gardens. This year we went with 4 small shrubs that combine interesting texture, color and growth habit.  We plan on transplanting these shrubs into a more permanent location next spring.  Here are photos of our winter containers over the past four years:

This year we planted an Emerald Green Arborvitae ‘Smaragd’ in the center (Zone 4 to 8) surrounded by a Wintercreeper ‘Moonshadow’ (Zone 4 to 9), a Golden Threadleaf False Cypress ‘Filifera Aurea’ (Zone 4 to 8), and a Weeping Loropetalum ‘Purple Pixie’ (Zone 7 to 10) Click photo to enlarge

This year we planted an Emerald Green Arborvitae ‘Smaragd’ in the center (Zone 4 to 8) surrounded by a Wintercreeper ‘Moonshadow’ (Zone 4 to 9), a Golden Threadleaf False Cypress ‘Filifera Aurea’ (Zone 4 to 8), and a Weeping Loropetalum ‘Purple Pixie’ (Zone 7 to 10) Click photo to enlarge

Last year we planted a Flowering Kale in the center, with 2 plants each of Purple Viola, Tricolor Sage, Italian Parsley and Silver Falls Dichondra.  (Click photo to enlarge)

Last year we planted a Flowering Kale in the center, with 2 plants each of Purple Viola, Tricolor Sage, Italian Parsley and Silver Falls Dichondra. (Click photo to enlarge)

Year before last we planted an Italian Stone Pine in the center, surrounded by Dusty Miller and Purple Pansies.  (Click photo to enlarge)

Year before last we planted an Italian Stone Pine in the center, surrounded by Dusty Miller and Purple Pansies. (Click photo to enlarge)

Four years ago we planted a small Juniper, surrounded by winter pansies and trailing ivy.  (Click photo to enlarge)

Four years ago we planted a small Juniper, surrounded by winter pansies and trailing ivy. (Click photo to enlarge)

One nice thing about winter container gardens is that they don’t need much care as long as you use a good soil like we did. Even though we were tempted to use the old soil in the pot from our spring/summer plantings, we know it is best to start off with fresh soil. We used Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix.  This special mix helps keep you from over and under watering.  We feed our plants Osmocote to provide nourishment for the entire season

Just to show you how plant roots love this soil, check out this photo of the root mass that filled these containers during summer.

Plant roots love Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix.  This solid root mass is from our spring/summer containers.  We like to start with fresh soil each time we plant.  (Click photo to enlarge)

Plant roots love Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix. This solid root mass is from our spring/summer containers. We like to start with fresh soil each time we plant. (Click photo to enlarge)

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