Brighten up the dreary gray days of fall and winter with some pizazz in pots perfect for entry ways, window boxes or hanging baskets. You can create your year round eye catching color using hardy dwarf shrubs, conifers and trees, blending them with perennials, bulbs and seasonal annuals.
Think outside of the box when choosing plants for your containers. There are many hardy ground covers, ferns and ornamental grasses that combine well with evergreen shrubs, trees and perennials for year round containers. Accent with long blooming annuals that can be exchanged easily seasonally. Bulbs can be also planted in your containers, just try to remember where you plant them so they can be appreciated
Conifers come in many colors, textures and forms
when they emerge. Choose plants with similar water and sun requirements following the right plant, right place philosophy.
Edible container gardens can also be a year round treat. Herbs, veggies and other edibles combine well together for color interest and a bonus harvest. Try blueberries, evergreen huckleberries, sage, lavender, rosemary and other tall herbs for height. Strawberries,
evergreen ornamental grasses
wintergreen, thyme and other creepers can be used to spill over the sides of your containers. Lettuce, cabbage, kale, spinach, radishes and swiss chard seeds can be directly planted into your containers for later grazing. Add violas, pansies and calendula for colorful annual edibles.
Plants for Containers
cabbage, kale & violas
Dwarf Conifers- Alberta Spruce, Hemlock, Hinoki Cypress
Evergreen Shrubs- Azaleas & Rhododendrons, Boxwood, Camellia, Heather, English Holly (Dwarf forms), Japanese Holly, Mexican Orange(Choisya), Nandina
Evergreen Perennials: Bergenia, Deer Tongue Fern, Helleborus, Heuchera, Orange Sedge, Sword Fern, Toffee Sedge, Tassel Fern
Ground Covers: Cotoneaster, Sedums & Hen’s n’Chicks, Vinca
Annuals for Cool Season: Cabbage & Kale, Calendula, Pansies & Violas, Primroses
When planting your containers, use a good quality potting mix and organic fertilizers. This power pack combination will feed your plants for a longer period of time and is better nutritionally than using chemical fertilizers which deplete soils. Dr Earth and Fox Farms are reliable product brands that work exceptionally well for containers, hydroponic growers and in the landscape.
Stop by Alpine Nursery & Landscape, in South Hill Puyallup for fantastic plants for any container. We are a full service nursery carrying soils, fertilizers, pest control products and garden art. When you are here, don’t forget to stop by The Pond Pad water garden and koi pond store. www.alpinegrows.com