12 Best Winter Plants for Pots

best winter plants for pots

You want to upgrade your house this winter, but you haven’t found the way? We offer you a list of the 12 best winter plants for pots. They do not only tolerate wintry weather, but some of them can produce lovely flowers and berries, perfect for adding color to your house in these cold, bleak months.

1. Violas

There is no surprise that violas are the most popular winter plant for pots. Viola can bloom through the winter and, with proper care, in summer. Its flowers in a wide range of colors: white, pink, yellow, red can definitely brighten your house even on the gloomiest day. Violas are edible – you can garnish your food or candy them for cake decoration.

best winter plants for pots

Violas do not need a lot of care. Just remember to water your violas regularly and place them in partial shade or full sun. Deadheading also helps make them grow faster.

2. Pansies

Remarkable as a winter plant, pansies can survive freezing coldness and can thrive vigorously when summer returns. Its “smiling face” flowers are vibrant in color and fragrance that can fill up your space with so much joy.

best winter plants for pots

Pansies are fine with normal potting soil, with a bit of general, all-purpose fertilizers. One of the most common problems when growing pansies is underwatering. So, make sure to water your pansies regularly. Deadheading faded flowers and sun exposure are needed to produce more blooms.

3. Erica carnea

Erica carnea is a sun-loving evergreen. Low maintenance, winter hardy, disease and pest-free, and exhibiting an abundance of pink and purple flowers in winter, this plant deserves a “pot” in your house.

best winter plants for pots

Erica carnea does not mind some neglect. However, some sunshine (6 hours per day) is crucial for the vibrant color of their flowers. Your plants require moist, well-drained soil. So, let the top of the soil dry slightly before the next watering.

4. Gaultheria procumbens

Gaultheria procumbens is a type of evergreen rub, with dark green, red-tinted leaves. Nothing can bring as much Christmas vibe as this winterberry. Its bright red berries are truly the most beautiful baubles you can add to your house. It can make an appealing decoration at your house entrance.

best winter plants for pots

Gaultheria procumbens love acidic, moist but well-drained soil. They do not need a lot of water and can tolerate drought. They can grow well in both full shade and partial shade.

5. Clivia

Clivia is popular as an indoor flowering plant. From a giant bulb grows thick, dark-green long leaves. Clivia blooms a cluster of 15-20 smaller flowers in late winter. Although it is quite expensive – the price can be above $20 per plant, it is easy to care.

best winter plants for pots

Clivia only needs some basic care. In the winter months, your clivia requires a minimum amount of water to keep its foliage moist. It is shade-loving. Therefore, the early morning sun is preferable. It thrives in any type of well-drained soil with organic matter.

6. Hellebores

Not a lot of plants can compete with hellebores when it comes to winter tolerance. Hellebores are known for their nodding, fragrant and long-lasting flowers which bloom in a wide range of colors, even when the ground is covered with snow. Hellebores’ foliage is aesthetically pleasing with serrated, leathery leaves.

best winter plants for pots

Place hellebores in well-drained, organic soil. Hellebores do not love so much sunlight. They prefer filtered sun, dappled light, and shady location. Removing its old and damaged leaves at the end of the season is necessary to prevent leaf spot disease. Water regularly.

7. Sedum

There is a variety of sedum ranging from low-spreading to high-spreading. Creeping and medium sedum are the most suitable to grow in pots. Even though they are mainly grown for their colorful foliage, sedums can produce short sprays of lovely flowers. Like any type of succulent, sedum is really hardy, and drought tolerant.

best winter plants for pots

It is easy to take care of sedum. You can use any form of succulent mix, well-drained soil. Make sure to have a drainage hole to keep your plant healthy. Most sedum enjoys full sun or partial sun. In winter, do not water your sedums regularly to prevent winter rot. For succulents in general, underwatering is much better than overwatering.

8. Boxwood

Boxwood is a perfect winter plant in pots. Thriving all the year, through harsh winter and hot summer, hardly in need of any maintenance, a pot of nicely pruned boxwood shrub is a living sculpture that can bring year-round color to your house.

best winter plants for pots

You need to pay extra caution when choosing a pot for your boxwood. The pot should be large and high and have a good drainage hole. Boxwood does not like to sit in wet roots. Other than that, taking care of boxwood is easy. Water your boxwood moderately through the year and reduce the water in winter. You can add some wood chips and leaves to the soil in winter to keep your plant warm.

9. ZZ plant

Easy to take care of, stylish, extremely cold tolerant, zz plant is the safest plant to grow in pots in winter. Its oval-shaped, glossy, deep green can work as a décor for your house.

best winter plants for pots

ZZ plant is suitable for any busy owner because you don’t need to take care of it at all. Watering it once a month in winter is enough to make it happy. ZZ plant loves low, or medium-light so you can place it everywhere in your house. Fertilize it once a year with worm compost and you can enjoy its shiny foliage for the whole year.

10. Jade plant

Jade plant is succulent with its thick stem and oval-shaped leaves. In late winter, it produces white, mildly fragrant flowers.  Tiny, about 3-6 inches tall, jade plant can be placed anywhere in your house – on table or bookshelf. Many people prefer placing them in their working corner as jade plant is regarded as the lucky plant.

Jade plant is succulent; therefore, it enjoys well-draining soil. Do not water them too often. Overwatering can cause root rot and fungal disease. Jade plant is happy with indirect light so its foliage will not get burned.

11. Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley exhibits delicate, bell-shaped, white flowers. The fragrance can easily fill up any room in the house. It is recommended to grow the plant in pots so that you can bring the pleasing smell everywhere you want and control the spread of the rhizomes. Despite its tiny, fragile appearance, this plant makes it to the list for being cold-hardy, and versatile.

best winter plants for pots

Like boxwood, the most important step is to choose a suitable pot for your plant. A pot whose depth is greater than its width is the best for Lily. Place your pots under indirect sunlight. Water in the morning. You should place your garden hose directly to the ground to avoid wetting the leaves. Remember to remove the flower stalks when the flowers become dry and the petals fall off.

12. Japanese Skimmia

Japanese Skimmia is a coldy-hardy evergreen that offers year-round glossy foliage, clusters of star-shaped, pink-tinted flowers in summer, and decorative red buds or berries in winter. Both blooms and leaves produce a pleasant fragrance.

best winter plants for pots

Japanese Skimmia is a shade-loving plant. It easily thrives in partial shade and full shade, preferably morning and dappled afternoon sunlight. Well-drained, slightly acidic soil works best for skimmia. The soil should stay moist all the time so it is a must to water regularly and frequently.

We hope our list can help you decide what to get for the winter season. The next step is to choose high-quality, fashionable pots for your lovelies. Be sure to take a look at our fiberglass containers that are light and durable, suitable to move your plants around as you please.

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