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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Heather's Helpful Hint

Hardy Container Gardens
November 11, 2010

This is an ideal time to create an interesting and welcoming entrance to your home with containers of hardy plants.

Conifers are an ideal plant for year long interest and  a perfect selection for winter containers. The colors vary from soft blues, deep greens, or vibrant golds and can be combined for added interest with different heights and forms. Spruces, pines, and junipers are among the most hardy needle leaf evergreens for container use.

There are some deciduous plants which work well because of the architectural interest they provide or the color of their branches. Japanese Maple and Red Twig Dogwood are examples of winter hardy plants which can be utilized along with Winterberry Holly with its stunning persistent red berries.

To fill out your container use hardy groundcovers or evergreen perennials such as pachysandra, liriope, vinca, sedum, heuchera, and ferns. Pansies, cabbage, and kale are ideal as well as some herbs which keep their foliage. Low growing grass like plants such as carex and sedges add beautiful color and texture.

For the best success choose plants which are hardy to Zone 5 and select a large enough container to provide the soil and mulch needed around your plants for protection. While the rain is usually more regular in the fall, watering is a must when rainfall is sporadic so check the moisture at least once a week to keep your plants from drying out.

We have an outstanding selection of hardy plants and the expert advice you need to create a beautiful container that will last all fall and winter long. For the best selection, come in soon. The weather is perfect for this project!

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.