Gardening Basics

Colorful Container Gardens for Chilly Weather

You don't have to settle for the drab grays and browns of fall and winter — create a cool container garden. Plus, get ideas for trees and shrubs that shine in cold weather.

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Beating the Winter Blues

Check out the vibrant colors of golden variegated sweet flag and wood spurge, and the blue pansies add just the right spark. Sweet flag (Acorus gramineus 'Ogon') is hardy to Zone 5 (although it may not be reliably so in the colder parts of Zone 5) and is evergreen, or rather ever-golden, in warmer climates. Its partner, golden wood spurge (Sedum 'Angelina'), can be planted in full sun to partial shade and is hardy to USDA Zone 3. Its needled foliage is a perfect complement to needled conifers.

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