Commonly grown in North America and Eastern Asia, Japanese Yew is an excellent fit for porches year-round since it’s drought tolerant, and thrives in both full sun and partial sun settings. Known to survive harsh winters as cold as 30 degrees below zero, the Japanese Yew is popularly used as ground cover; however, when grown as a tree, it can reach up to 50 feet in height. For proper growth, plant Japanese Yew in in a damp setting.
If you’re pushing the hardiness envelope, give tender plants an extra measure of warmth by providing a layer of insulation. You can wrap shrubs with burlap, insulate with a Styrofoam cover or use a pop-up type plant protector. With any of these methods, provide extra insulation by stuffing the covering with chopped autumn leaves.
The outdoor dining table is styled with evergreen plants and winter-friendly floral. Anytime you're dressing up your porch for the holidays and using floral, it's best to simply keep it out while entertaining, then bring it back it once you're done. Evergreens are weather-resistant and can stay out all year long.
Best used as ground cover, Wheeler’s Dwarf Japanese Mock Orange is known for producing small scented flowers with orange coloring. When grown in partial to full sun, the ground cover can reach 3 feet in height and 5 feet in width.
Cedar topiaries and a peace banner made from glittered cardboard letters make the mantelscape great for the holidays, but the display isn't so holiday-themed that it can't stick around all season. Mercury glass vases and candle holders are a sparkling accent to the natural elements
Winter wheat is a cool-season grain that germinates quickly in autumn’s chilly soils. Planting winter wheat ensures your garden will be supplied with fresh organic matter just in time for next year’s planting.
Why we love it: The red berries absolutely sparkle against a snowy backdrop. Winterberry is a cinch to grow—it requires only the most minimal care after planting. Prune occasionally as needed to shape plants. Make sure you plant a male pollinator to ensure a good berry set.
Perfectly fit for small hedges when planted in multiples, Winter Gem Boxwood also works well potted in vessels and planters. During the winter months, this evergreen will take on a golden bronze coloring, then change back to bright green in the spring. Winter Gem Boxwood thrives in both partial and full sun settings.
Small rodents like rabbits, voles and mice will nibble bark on stems near the base of shrubs. Too much bark removal can kill the plant. Use tree guards to protect young tree trunks. Encircle shrubs with hardware cloth to create a cage rodents can’t wriggle through.
Investigate the variety of plant lights available to increase the rays your plants receive, especially in northern regions in winter. New light technology provides full spectrum rays from models small enough to fit on a tabletop.
Camellia sinensis is the plant you want for growing traditional tea leaves. Dried mature leaves produce black tea; young leaves yield a less acidic brew known as white tea. Allow plants to reach 3 to 5 feet before picking leaves, which you can do twice a year. Prune plants when they’re young to cause branching, which gives you more stems to harvest. Plants are winter hardy in Zones 8-10. Grow them in pots in other zones. Feed tea plants lightly—only in spring.
Individual blossoms on the flower spike of gas plant appear to have eyelashes, thanks to long, curling stamens. Gas plant offers a long flower season, from late spring through midsummer, and you can find varieties with blooms in shades of lavender, pink and red. Once flowers fade, seedpods form that linger into early winter and make a nice addition to autumn arrangements. Site this perennial where you want it (full sun is best), because it doesn’t transplant easily. Small seedlings tend to form around the mother plant, and those can be moved with little fuss. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 28 to 32 inches tall by 18 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Good vase companions for gas plant: bearded iris, peony, bee balm and lady’s mantle.