One of the best ways to start off a new gardening season is with some Winter Friendly Plants. Some people may not even think about planting perennials in the Spring, but you have to realize that the cold months are coming. In most areas, fall can be considered the beginning of spring, and it is when many of these plants flower and have their blooms for another year. They will survive the freeze-over and come back again the following year.
With that being said, it’s important to know which fleurs d’intérieur should be planted in your garden when winter comes, and how to care for them once the ground has started to freeze. If you have perennial plants in your garden, they will be harmed no matter what the temperature is outside. However, many perennial plants are sold as annuals and this is fine as long as you remove them before winter sets in. The best way to do this is to dig them up about a foot below the dirt and plant them in a protected spot outdoors.
Once they are in the ground, however, you want to make sure that they are protected. Most perennial plants are vulnerable to frost, so they should be put in a pot, lined with some gravel or stones, and a cover of some sort. If you have ever tried to grow anything in the garden in this manner before, you will know how much easier it is once the ground has started to freeze. This is especially true for grass, which is a very sensitive plant that really does well when kept in the ground during the colder months.
If you are using seeds, it’s important to get rid of them before the weather starts to frost. It may be tempting to save a few plants by keeping them indoors until the last minute, but don’t do it. If you let those seeds sit on the soil too long, they will be harder to germinate and survive. Keep them out of the garden until spring, either before or after a snowfall. In most climates, these plants can be planted out in the fall and just given some fertilizer and watering, and you’ll have new plants for the kitchen in the spring.
Winter hardy perennials are those that can handle a frost. They don’t necessarily need to be in pots. In fact, you could place some of them outside right next to your flowerbeds in the fall. As the leaves begin to drop off in the autumn, you simply grab the plant and move it to a protected position. Many of these plants will actually survive even a snowstorm, as long as there is enough moisture in the soil to sustain them. If you want to go the hard way, you can dig them up in the fall and store them away until spring.