The Q&A Archives: Container Greenery for the Winter Interest

Question: What can I plant in containers on my NYC terrace over the fall/winter that will survive the cold? It faces south and I currently have large pots with tomatoes. I want something just for the winter, as I wish to again grow tomatoes next year.

Answer: The easiest thing to do is to decorate the planters with cut evergreens and perhaps some sparkling lights during the holidays. Pansies and ornamental cabbage would provide some interest for a few months as well but might not last all winter in your climate. You could add a pot or two with small, hardy evergreen shrubs; however, they're pricey and you'd want to keep these in their containers year-round.

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