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How To Protect Your Potted Plants During the Winter Months

Outdoor container gardens usually involve annual plant species that are simply discarded in the late fall and replaced with new plants in the spring. But many perennial plants, such as roses and hibiscus, also can be grown outdoors in containers and kept alive through winter. However, protecting potted plants during the winter is not easy. Even species that are technically cold-hardy in your area might experience harsh conditions they can't tolerate. Plus, many species that survive the winter just fine when planted in the ground might die in containers unless you use some special plant-protection techniques.1

If your potted perennial is cold-hardy in your climate, you can bury its entire container in the ground for winter. It will experience the same protection from the earth as any perennials planted directly in the soil. This is perhaps the best option, provided you have the garden space.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Shovel or trowel


  • Gravel

  • Insulating materials (such as mulch, straw, or leaves)

  • Chicken wire (where