10 Winter Garden Spruce-ups

Discover how to keep your garden vibrant during the cool season.



An edging of white cyclamenAn edging of white cyclamen
Supplement existing plants
Supplement existing plants, such as the azaleas and ferns pictured, with an edging of white cyclamen. Tuck lamium or a similar variegated plant between the cyclamen to add a lacy skirt of frosty-looking greenery.


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Add lighting

For a soft glow at night, wrap tree trunks and branches with strands of white lights.

Define borders by placing small candles in glass holders along mow strips, walls, and walkways.


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Plant a border in pots

Enhance narrow in-ground beds with a row of potted plants.

In the small, shaded side yard shown, cylindrical chocolate brown pots filled with white cyclamen line up against the raised border's low brick wall, making the fern-filled planting appear deeper than it is.
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Accent the front entry

Flank the entry with potted plants.

Fountainlike burgundy cordyline plays off white cyclamen and plum 'Palace Purple' heuchera in bowls atop brick pillars. The pot at the base contains white cyclamen, lamium, and red nandina.


Hang an evergreen wreathHang an evergreen wreath
Wreath for a garden gate

To welcome family and friends, hang an evergreen wreath from a ribbon that coordinates with the flowers and foliage. Tie the ribbon to a gate, or hang several wreaths at different heights from tree branches.
Make your own wreath


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Group pots

Dress a doorstep with containers.

The pots pictured, of different sizes but the same color, contain plants in shades that echo the garden's overall scheme. In the smallest pot, fiber optics plant mixes with heuchera, lamium, and cyclamen. In the one at left, nandina pops against lamium, cyclamen, and hellebore. The tallest pot holds fine-leafed rosemary, cordyline, cyclamen, and heuchera.


Protect your plants from coldProtect your plants from cold
Use mulch

Discover how to protect your plants from cold temperatures with our easy video tutorial.


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Keep your plants safe

Drape fabric around tender plants when the forecast calls for frost.


Brighten your gardenBrighten your garden
Add touches of winter white

Brighten your garden with white flowers and frosty foliage.
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Plant bulbs in milder climatesPlant bulbs in milder climates
Plant bulbs
In milder climates, you can continue paving the way for flowers.

Before you plant, make sure each flower will grow well in your climate zone with our Plant Finder. And if you don't know your climate zone, look it up here.