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Winter 2003
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During the winter months, Houston offers a cool and fairly mild climate for plants that bring winter color to container gardening. Planters can range from formal iron urns accentuating the front entry of a residence to a rustic Grecian jar highlighting an otherwise ordinary
corner in a courtyard garden. Container gardening can become a vessel that holds a cornucopia of plant material forms, colors, and textures.

In addition to using seasonal color plants for your container, plants such as boxwood (Buxus microphylla) topiaries, bi-color iris (Dietes bicolor), foxtail ferns (Asparagus densiflorus 'Meyers Foxtail'), red dracaena (Cordyline baueri), and a variety of others act as a central focal and compliment the color with in the planter. Trailing plants such as English ivy (Hedera helix), asparagus (Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri'), and prostrate rosemary (Rosemarinum officinalis 'Prostrata') cascade over the edge of the planter bringing life to the “Living Floral Display.”

The variation of greens of the foundation and cascading plants enhance the vibrant color of the proposed seasonal color. Furthermore, depending on light, soil preparation, and drainage conditions, there is an array of winter plants that provide seasonal interest and color for the container garden. Plants such as pansies, cyclamen, dianthus, and snapdragons come in a variety of colors and sizes. Combining one or moreCombining one or more of these types of seasonal color with sweet alyssum or lobelia produces a multi level effect achieved in a floral arrangement.

Another feature with certain winter seasonal color is fragrance. Sweet alyssum and stock both have in addition, to their vibrant purple or white color, very distinctive smell. Bulbs such as freesia can be planted for a coarse textured winter foliage and produce a surprise of fragrant color in the late winter or early spring. Other plants such as swiss chard or ornamental kale produce color through bold colored leaf textures in a planter.

Finally, the planting container themselves should compliment not only the outdoor space to which they inhabit, but also compliment the plants from which they emerge. Seasonal garden planters not only add interest to a winter landscape, but also can enhance an outdoor space