Create a Year-Round Shrub Display
Containers aren't just for summer flowers; displays for fall and winter often last longer and help brighten up the cold, dark months when viewed from the warmth of your kitchen or living room.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Add a Mulch
Add a layer of gravel, slate chips, or other decorative mulch over the soil. Water the container well and set it on "feet" to allow the winter rains to drain through easily. Place it where you can see it easily from the house, and continue to water it during the fall and winter if the soil under the mulch feels dry.
Top Tip: Annual Care
The container will need watering frequently in the spring and summer. Each year in early spring, remove the mulch and top few inches of potting mix and replace it with fresh compost mixed with some all-purpose granular fertilizer. Water immediately after this, and then renew the mulch. When the plants become congested, plant them out in the garden or move to larger containers.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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