Container plants are the perfect way to bring some color to entryways and patios, especially in the winter! There is no need to count them out just because winter is approaching. In fact, this is the time our gardens are most in need of some color and winter interest. You can even use the containers that held your warm season plantings, so long as they are frost resistant!
Creating a winter design is not difficult but plants are less cold hardy in a container than when planted in the ground because the roots are not insulated from the freezing temps. The general rule for plant survival through the winter is to use plants hardy to at least two zones colder than your USDA Hardiness Zone; which is zone 7 here in Maryland.