Container Greenery for the Winter Interest - Knowledgebase Question

New York, NY
Question by dogbooksny
October 1, 1999
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 from NGA
October 1, 1999


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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