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Trailing Plants to Grow in Winter

September 04, 2019

This winter, keep some color in your garden — or on your windowsill, if you live where the winters are harsh — with pretty trailing plants.

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Photo: Proven Winners. From: Lynn Coulter.

Anytime Viola 'Sugarplum'

Also known as a pansiola, Anytime Viola 'Sugarplum' is a charmer. The trailing plants offer winter color in USDA hardiness Zones 5 to 10 and keep blooming in warm weather, after most violas stop. Let them tumble over the tops of containers, or mass them in the landscape for deep burgundy-purple color with hints of white, gold and lavender.

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Photo: Monrovia. From: Lynn Coulter.

Pink Flowering Maple

Hardy in USDA Zones 9 to 11, Abutilon x hybridum 'Rosea', also called pink flowering maple, is a shrub with graceful, drooping stems. Its pink blooms open in spring and summer, while the foliage stays evergreen in mild winter climates. It's lovely in hanging baskets or other containers.

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Photo: Monrovia. From: Lynn Coulter.

Pink Jasmine (Jasmium polyanthus)

Let this evergreen vine tumble over an arbor or espalier it on a wall or trellis. Jasminum polyanthus Pink Jasmine grows to 20 feet, with fragrant, pinkish-white spring blooms. Hardy in USDA Zones 8 to 10, this trailing plant also grows as a ground cover or in containers.

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Photo: W. Atlee Burpee & Co.. From: Lynn Coulter.

Trailing Geranium 'Calliope Lavender Rose'

Count on this geranium, 'Calliope Lavender Rose', for mounding/trailing color all summer long. A cross between a zonal and an Ivy geranium, it does well in low-light — even just four hours of sun a day. Move it indoors, to a cool, bright location, when the temperatures drop. When spring returns, move it back into your garden.

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