What Is the Best Winter Garden Plants

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While the first snow of winter is often a cue to abandon all winter garden plans, it does not need to be bland. You can actually make your winter garden very spectacular with some careful planning and attention to detail. Here are some tips to follow.

Consider Your Climate

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First, when considering winter garden plants, you must consider your climate. Do you live in a place where the winter months are mild and just right for growing a garden? Or is your climate very cold, with little chance of warm days in the winter? Your choice of winter garden plants will also depend on whether you are growing annuals or perennials, as well as if you are planting bulbs or flowers.

Annuals are perfect for a winter garden because they require little care and can tolerate cold conditions. Most annuals like to grow on large areas of concrete or wood, and therefore can be successfully planted in your yard even if it is surrounded by shrubs, bushes, or other plants. However, as most plants enjoy some shade during the winter season, keep in mind that you might need to relocate some of your annuals in the coming year if the area becomes too hot. On the other hand, you should realize that some plants, such as perennials, do not do well in extremely cold environments. Make sure that you know what kind of climatic changes are likely in your area before you decide on which winter garden plants to choose.

Great Choice Of Plants

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For perennial flowers and plants that like shade, you have a great choice of plants: lilies, gladioli, roses, and a host of others. While they may need to spend some time in the garden after frost, lilies, for example, will usually bloom again the following spring. Meanwhile, gladioli will stay green year-round and bloom profusely in mild winters. Meanwhile, roses and a host of other evergreens are ideal because they do not grow quickly or poorly in severe frost.

On the other hand, you should know that some herbs will perish when exposed to frost. These include thyme, sage, oregano, cilantro, chives, chervil, dill, tarragon, basil, marjoram, parsley, and marjoram. Since most herbs do not have leaves that fall off when exposed to frost, you might want to consider taking them out of the garden if you do not know if they can handle the change. If you do not know if the climate will remain stable for an extended period of time, you might want to wait until the spring in order to plant an herb garden and take it out if it dies in the winter.

Hardy Annuals That Can Survive The Winter

Some hardy annuals that can survive the winter are alfalfa, beets, cabbage, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, peas, radishes, Rosemary, and turnips. For bulbs, the best choices are bulbs such as wheat, peonies, mums, jasmine, and cassia. For vegetables, you should know that peppers, cauliflower, onions, spinach, broccoli, corn, garlic, spinach, squash, carrots, and potatoes will survive even in the winter as long as they are well cared for and given partial sun. However, tomatoes, melons, cabbage, corn, peas, beans, and any greens that are hardy will not grow at all in the winter unless they are given lots of water, food with a high vitamin content, and are given a lot of sunshine. You should also know that cucumbers, onions, and potatoes will not grow well either until spring if they are given the proper care.

Final Words

When the winter season comes and the colder weather sets in, move your flower beds as far as possible to a location where they will be receiving the full amount of sunlight. During this time, do not water the garden at all but instead cover the flowers with plastic. Once the flowers begin to bloom again, water them once a week just like they normally would in the summer. If you want your evergreen plant to grow fast, cut off the top growth of the plant often. This will allow the roots to grow tighter and healthier.

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