Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean your green thumb has to take the next few months off. In fact, there are just as many beautiful plants and flowers to add to your landscape this season as there were in the summer. And many of them are hearty enough to last until the depths of winter, especially here in Texas. Here are our three favorite ways to keep your green thumb thumbing all the way through the new year!
Just a bit of research will tell you that there are plenty of flowers that will provide your fall garden with pops of color and last through winter freezes. Don’t let the pansy’s name fool you, for instance. Pansies are actually quite tough and can withstand cold temperatures. Other beautiful flowers with lots of color to brighten up a string of grey days include snapdragons, goldenrods, mums, violets, winter jasmine and calendula. According to Better Homes and Gardens, these varieties are good options for the winter because they don’t tolerate heat as well as their friends.
Veggies are the most productive use of a winter garden! There are quite a few vegetables that grow just fine in the fall and winter and will continue to grow into beautiful, healthy produce until the first hard freeze. How Stuff Works suggests planting these veggies near a south-facing wall to provide a little protection. Our favorite winter vegetables include broccoli, onions, carrots and leeks. During Texas’ normal growing season, the harvest will happen after the first of the year, which gives you plenty of time to make some plans for some incredible vegetable soup. You really can’t get much more local than that.
We also love the idea of growing some winter-friendly herbs to enhance your meals this holiday season. We’ve all had a bit of sticker shock when it comes to buying fresh herbs at the grocery store; the most important part of a traditional holiday meal can sometimes be the smallest and most expensive. Luckily for you, herbs like bay, basil, chives and oregano can be grown right on a kitchen windowsill.