Planting in your winter garden should include as many species of plants as possible that can survive, and even thrive, throughout the winter months, including vegetables. It seems natural to associate the art of gardening with warm weather. After all, springtime offers a reminder nature’s yearly rebirth. However, the joy of growing does not have to end in October.
What to Plant - Plant garlic, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower in September to grow through the winter and produce results in early spring. Mustard, collards, carrots and beets also grow in the cold. Kale, a type of cabbage that's full of antioxidant compounds, is an exceptionally nutritious choice for a winter garden. To add a splash of color, mix in some heuchera (also known as coral bells). Heuchera, like kale, can survive the winter months with minimal guard against the cold. For those whose gardening interests tip on the side of fragrance, winter-blooming, sweet-smelling sarcococca works well. Vines like Boston ivy and wisteria will give your garden a regal effect.