Just because winter is here and white snow might be on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some greenery outside your doors. There are many winter-friendly potted plants you can use to adorn your front porch and patio throughout the cold months. Best of all, they are all pretty low maintenance. Here are a few regional choices you can enjoy.

Brown’s Yew: This evergreen shrub offers nice plushness and texture because of its density.  It only needs to be watered twice each week but does need a lot of sunshine.

Boxwood Hedge: Often used as a topiary, this plant does really well in the winter. However, make sure you don’t put it under an overhang because it does need sun to thrive through the winter.

Winterberry: This deciduous type of holly loses its leaves in late fall, but produces bold red berries in the colder months to give your landscape a nice blast of color. Make sure to pair male and female species of the plant to get the berries.

Potted Blue Spruce: One of Colorado’s most iconic evergreens! The foliage color ranges from a deep green to a silver-blue hue. Normally raised as Christmas trees, small potted branches can be used as outdoor accents.


Red Twig Dogwood: Another one that will give your porch some color. The Red Twig Dogwood loses its leaves after the fall, but you are left with bright red stems that make a tall, pretty fixture.

So, go ahead and fill up a few containers. Some additional color during the winter months will not only liven up your landscape and outdoor living spaces but also lift your mood.

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