Cold weather doesn’t mean you can’t have color and fresh greens!  Tidy up outdoors and bring nature inside.  We are fortunate to live in the Evergreen State where we can enjoy verdant green year round.


We celebrate all seasons, and winter is one of them!

Even during cold, gray and rainy weather, gardeners never stop thinking about nature and growing.  Our words of advice:  Cultivate, not hibernate!  Whether it be bringing colorful cut branches indoors, feeding our feathered friends, planting container gardens, starting seeds, growing houseplants or even dreaming, planning and journaling, keep your growing juices going.

Here are some things to do to satisfy your need for all things nature:

1.  Grow a windowsill herb garden.  Little pots of ‘Scarborough Fair” herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme) will do well in a well-lighted location.

2.  Spruce up your houseplants or buy some new ones.  Houseplants are nature’s air freshners.

3.  Create a miniature garden using tiny succulents, air plants, rocks, and moss.

4.  Start seeds indoors.

5.  Envelop yourself with botanical room fragrances, like Bitter Orange & Cedar or Mandarin Orange.

6.  Use red or yellow twig dogwood branches for vertical impact in outdoor or indoor containers.

7.  Plant winter containers near entries and paths to enjoy.  Best cold-hardy annuals for color:  Primroses, pansies, and violas.  You can’t beat the color, elegance and sweetness of cyclamen; they like it cool but keep above 40 degrees.

8.  Watch hummingbirds enjoy their breakfast while you enjoy yours!

9.  Shape up by getting out there and pruning dead/diseased branches.  Get rid emerging weeds to prevent a spring explosion.

10. Ring in the New Year!




Choose plants with interesting foliage and form that will stand out in the winter landscape or in your containers.   We’re in Hellebore Heaven! Hellebores are ideal plants for winter WOW under trees and shrubs, as well as in containers.  Not only do they bloom during winter and early spring, they are hardy, evergreen and deer-resistant.

Not ready to plant?  Visit the Bellevue Botanical Garden and the Washington Park Arboretum’s Joseph Witt Winter Garden.

Please see more Great Plants forWinter.



Many of our plants need help to survive the winter cold.  With a little extra care, they will provide continuous enjoyment during the wet gray months ahead.


Getting Your Garden Ready for Winter

Winterizing Your Planted Containers

Houseplant Care During Winter


See PLANTS for more of our picks that look great in Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall.