- 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 known for being very busy and low maintenance. Despite being a fern, it can grow nearly 6 feet tall. You can put them in the ground to withstand long periods without water and grow great in low-lighted areas and 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 look great and handle chilly temperatures very well. However, they also do great in the warmer months so that you can enjoy them throughout the year. Another reason they are trendy for yards is because of their smell. They give off a distinctive pine smell that you will enjoy 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 and 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 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 suitable 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, 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 you will need them throughout the coldest months. However, be careful keeping anything near windows if it’s freezing 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 an excellent insulator, and the bigger the pot, the more soil you can add to it. That 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 more prominent now and pack them up nicely.
- Keep a steady temperature: Some people think you can warm the water or keep the plants near a heater. That’s not a good idea. You want to maintain the temperature because that’s why they have grown used to, even if it’s a little colder than usual, suddenly changed throughout the day will not benefit it. You do not have to pick plants that will survive colder weather, and you can 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.