I really love winter, especially when it's extra snowy, but by late February, I start to get the garden itch. By mid-March, I'm very itchy: my living room floor is strewn with garden books and Lee Valley catalogs, and my Google search history is peppered with garden blogs.
It has been an especially long winter where I live in Hamilton, Ontario. It's April, and winter still isn't quite ready to leave. When it finally does, I will dig into the plans (pun very much intended) I've been making for the last two itchy months.
This year, my big plan is to add some decoration and colour to the un-plantable spaces around my house with potted perennials. Wha?! Potted perennials, you say? Yep. It can be done.
I'm not a fan of annuals, and I'm not good at growing them. But I adore perennials, and I'm okay at growing them, so I did a little research to see how they might fare in containers. It turns out they do just fine. Several varieties will even survive through the winter, and that's what I'm after. This great article about how to grow potted perennials has a helpful list of such varieties and explains some techniques for over-wintering your potted perennials.
Growing perennials in containers has several virtues:
These perennials that I already have in my garden will do well in pots . . .
Jane Hogeterp Koopman
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