Canadian weather can get quite chilly, but that doesn’t mean you should limit your gardening to the spring and summer months. Whether you are thinking of food, medicine or aesthetics, there are lots of plants that can serve you even in the harshest of winters.
The camellia is a beautiful winter flower that can brighten up your garden, even if it’s mostly covered in snow. It thrives best in a place with moderate sunlight, where it is shielded from the wind.
If you want to stock up on your greens without straining your wallet, consider growing broccoli. It can withstand temperatures just below freezing, but prefers warmer temperatures. This plant is best harvested in late autumn or early spring.
- Red Twig Dogwood
This plant is known for its red twigs and can complement an evergreen garden. It remains the same colour year-round and sprouts leaves in the spring and summer.
They’re not the prettiest thing you can grow, but they’re a good compliment to your food supply. These crops can thrive in cold weather. Remember to feed this plant with rich soil and mulch and make sure it’s free of pests.
Thyme is a tough herb that can survive even in winter. Thyme is a good addition to your medicine cabinet: it’s great for colds and helps your immunity. People also use it in their kitchens for salads and seasoning.
- Corkscrew Hazel
This plant is a bit unusual because of its twisted shape. It adds an interesting touch to your winter garden (and has the perfect background effect for Halloween).
Spinach is another green that can thrive well in winter. It is best to plant this crop in late summer and keep it well protected.
Another plant for your salad plate, lettuce does better in autumn and spring. It’s best to grow it indoors for better protection.
Hyssop is another winter herb for your medicine cabinet. It is good for bronchitis and clears mucus. Its peppery flavour makes it a good addition to soups.
Whether you are looking for aesthetics, food or medicine, these plants can be relied on even in the cooler weather. Of course, you will need the right tools to get the job done—and that’s where we can help you. Come talk to us about how we can make your garden successful in any season.