- Sword Fern: The name describes it perfectly. This option handles cold weather very well and is found all over the west coast of North America including California. You’ve seen it countless times in front of buildings or on television and it is well know for being very busy and low maintenance. Despite being a fern it ca grow nearly 6 feet tall. You can put them in the ground where they can withstand long time periods without water but also grow great in low-lighted areas and in pots.
- Winter Creeper: The name says it all. You can grow them as a shrub or a vine and they maintain their green color, even in colder months, making them very reliable and a great option to keep your yard looking healthy.
- Spruce Pine Tree: What would be better for cold weather than a yard full of Christmas trees? These options will obviously look great and handle chilly temperatures very well. However, they also do great in the warmer months, so you can enjoy them throughout the year. Another reason they are very popular for yards is because of their smell. They give off a distinctive pine smell that will really be enjoyed in warmer temperatures.
- Christmas Fern: The name says it all. Another member of the fern family, these options aren’t as big but do great in the ground as well as in pots. They are also used to create wreaths for Christmas and can be added to floral arrangements.
- Regal Privet Hedge: If you are looking for something that can take up a lot of space, be shaped a certain way and also be decorated or add to the framing and style of your lawn throughout the year and especially during the holidays then this is the one for you. These hedges grow fast and can be cut to meet any type of shape. Some owners use them for framing because it’s easier to curve them around houses or other plants and you can cut them to be tall or short.
While these options do great, they may not be right for you depending on what area of the country you live in. Do your homework and see if they are the right option for you. If they are, then you can improve their chances of surviving during the frigid climate by following some simple tips.
Tips for keeping plants alive in cold weather:
- Less is more: It’s not a bad idea to cut back on the water and fertilizer. Most shrubs will not need a lot of water or fertilizer to keep alive during the colder temperatures and in fact, too much can be harmful to them, causing root rot and other problems.
- Maximize light: Sunlight and even indoor lighting are great, and they will be needed throughout the coldest months. However, be careful keeping anything near windows if it’s really cold outside and they aren’t known for handling cold weather, especially if you do not keep the heat on inside.
- Go with bigger pots: Soil is a great insulator and the bigger the pot, the more soil you can add to it. This is also a good idea for smaller bushes and ferns that you are looking to grow throughout the year. Rather than keeping them in small pots, put them in something bigger now and pack them up good.
- Keep a steady temperature: Some people think you can warm the water or keep the plants near a heater. That’s actually not a good idea. You want to maintain the temperature because that’s why they have grown use to, even if it’s a little colder than normal, sudden changed throughout the day will not benefit it.
You do not have to just pick plants that will survive colder weather, you can actually choose options that will look great. Having a few pine trees and big hedges in your yard will not only look good during spring and summer, but you will be able to decorate them during the holidays and cover them with lights for a beautiful sight your neighbors will love. Feel free to browse other options or give us a call if you have any questions before placing an order.