5 Winter Patio Plants That are Easy to Maintain

While this season leaves many green thumbs thinking that their beautiful plants will turn brown and gray, that isn't the case for container plants that thrive in the winter.

The most important way to keep your patio spruced up with colorful arrangements is knowing which plants can actually survive freezing temperatures. While the harsh climate of winter can leave your plants begging for life, add a touch of liveliness to your patio this season with these five winter-friendly plants.

1. Potted Blue Spruce

potted blue spruce

As one of the most iconic evergreens affiliated with holiday decorating, the Potted Blue Spruce is commonly grown as a Christmas tree. This beautiful winter-friendly plant can be used as a potted accent on your patio or porch as long as it has the proper drainage, sunlight and moist, well-drained soil.

Not only does it require minimal work to survive, its foliage ranges from deep green to a silver-blue hue making this a great aesthetic for the holiday season.

2. Winter Gem Boxwood

winter gem boxwood

Whether grown in large planters or a small container, the Winter Gem Boxwood will take on a golden bronze coloring during the frigid temperatures of the winter season.

Once the cold weather commences, this evergreen gem will change back to bright green during the Spring. Thriving best in partial and full sun settings, the Winter Gem Boxwood rely on water stored in the stems and leaves to survive winter.

3. Boxwood Hedge

boxwood hedge

If you're looking for a low maintenance, winter-friendly plant that's popular among garden designers worldwide, the Boxwood Hedge is the plant for you!

The strong shape and rich green color will dominate your patio in the winter despite the frigid temperatures. Best used as topiary on your porch, this dominate shrub is the perfect way to add life to your outdoor space.

4. Thread-Branch Cypress

threat-brand cypress

Add texture to your porch during the winter season with the golden-yellow foliage of the Thread-Branch Cypress. Not only does this plant offer a unique and vibrant color to your space, it also takes on an interesting shape adding character among your winter-friendly plants as it's thread-like needles curve downwards.

With sunlight, water and minimal pruning, this mop-headed landscape specimen is a great plant you can keep on your patio this winter.

5. Picea abies 'Pusch'

Picea abies

While the winter season brings bleak and dark plants, add a pop of color to your patio with the unique Picea abies 'Pusch' plant. This slow-growing Norway spruce produces multiple bright red cones that are sure to brighten up your outdoor living space.

Best grown in full sunlight and well-drained soils, this plant struggles to bloom to its full three feet in hot humid climates, which makes this dwarf evergreen shrub perfect for the winter days and nights.

While all five require minimal maintenance and upkeep in the frosty air, these winter-friendly container plants are the best way to add life to your outdoor space this winter. If you want to spruce up your patio oasis, planter boxes are a great way to decorate your space.

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Linzi MartinLinzi Martin has been a freelance writer for over five years. A Florida native, Linzi resides in Delray Beach, where she works as a content marketer and writer for small-to-medium sized businesses around the globe. Her work has been featured by the Porcaro Law Group, VoyageMIA and The Connect Magazine, just to name a few.

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