Today is the winter solstice – shortest day of the year – and officially the first day of winter. That means lots of things for us – Christmas is in only 4 days and we are running around trying to pull together the last minute gifts and preparations, New Years is right around the corner, and we need to take some extra time to winterize our gardens!

Frosty the Snowman

When temperatures drop below freezing we’ve got to be sure that frosty doesn’t get to our plants, especially delicates like fruit trees, fresh vegetables and herbs. For larger plants you should make sure they get covered with a tablecloth, sheet, or special plant coverings. For smaller perennials, make sure you mulch them over well to protect them from the low temperatures. Any delicate plants that are potted bring inside and keep them in a sunny, warm place and treat them like a house plant until temperatures rise.

Get out Your Clippers

If you are walking through your garden and all you see is brown, grab your clippers and get to snipping! Before you cover your plants, now is a great time to go ahead and snip away all of the dead buds and leaves to shape your plants and encourage a full flush of new growth in the spring.

Keep it GrowingPansy

Want to keep your garden growing this season? There are lots of options to add some color to your yard. One of the most common choices are pansies. They are compact, low growers and come in a variety of colors. Pansies are a great choice to edge a bed with, squeeze into an overflowing pot, or you can create a whole bed of color with them. They also come in a new “Wave” variety that spreads up to two feet so you can dig fewer holes but cover a larger area, or have them draping out of a hanging planter. Other great winter color options are cabbages and snap dragons. Snap dragons can grow up to 18” tall and are hardy through the cold months; cabbages add a dynamic texture to a low growing bed and are produced in a variety of purples, greens, whites, and reddish hues to complement your other garden choices.

If you have any other questions regarding the specific plants in your garden, come visit us at either our Canton or Woodstock locations, or give us a call and we will be happy to answer any of your questions about winterizing your garden this season!

Photo from Flickr.


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