Answer: There's not much you need to do for your plants to prepare them for winter. Wait until frost kills the tops back, then cut them off at ground level and mulch over the tops to help protect the roots. Your lavender and hydrangea do not need to be cut back until early spring. At that time remove any winter damage but don't cut the plants all the way down to ground level. Your honeysuckle is hardy but being in containers will subject the roots to extensive cold. I'd either insulate the pots by wrapping them, or sink the pots into the soil for the winter. After frost has nipped the tops of your plants you can cut away the dead stems. Best wishes with your garden!
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