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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Sweet November

Looking for a plant that adds both texture and color in the winter? Autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) is known for its coppery new foliage. Once the new foliage matures, it will turn a glossy, deep green. Hardy to USDA Zones 5 to 9, it is evergreen if protected by drying winds. (Make sure to keep it watered.) In colder areas, autumn fern is semi-evergreen. By the end of winter, as with many evergreen perennials, it benefits from pruning. However, be careful about going crazy with cutting back — if you remove too much, it'll lose some vigor.

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