Do plants need blankets in winter? Ideally not. “The true time to assist a plant that can be hurt by cold is before you plant it,” the gardening columnist Henry Mitchell believed. What he meant by that was you should choose plants suited to your climate, give them well-drained soil, and protect them from overhanging trees prone to dropping branches in snowstorms.
But life is not always ideal. Some winters an unexpected frost, record temperatures, or prolonged cold spells can damage your garden. Or you may be the sort of gardener who gave in to temptation, unable to resist the charms of a “tender” plant better suited to a slightly warmer growing zone. You owe it to your fragile specimen to keep it alive.
Plant protection in winter can take many forms: you can warm the soil, you can wrap a shrub, you can block the wind. Here are 10 ideas to keep your plants happy in the cold, dark months:
Burlap Plant Cover
“Potted plants will also survive the winter in a sack padded with some straw or leaves as a buffer against the cold,” notes the retailer. “The sacks will also protect smaller evergreens like boxwood from the winter sun.”
See more ideas in 10 Easy Pieces: Plant Blankets.
Frost Protection Cloth
Curtains for Planters
N.B.: With autumn chores underway, we have a few more suggestions for your weekend: