January often brings our beloved plants indoors, but evergreens remind that frigid temperatures are no match for them. We asked owner Jim Borenstein and his staff at South Pleasantburg Nursery to share their favorite winter plants and tips for keeping them healthy.
• All these plants (except the boxwood) are dwarf conifers, which will grow slowly and require almost no pruning. They will stay in a proper-sized pot for years, before requiring replanting. When they do outgrow the pot, they can be planted in the landscape for many more years of enjoyment.
• The Bosnian Pine will get 12-feet-tall after many years of growth, and is distinguished by its “bushy” growth—atypical for a pine.
• Variegated Boxwood is also very hardy, but with a pop of color. This shrub can take a good bit of shade, unlike the conifers.
• Dwarf Alberta Spruce has been a popular container plant for a long time due to its very fine texture and classic Christmas tree shape.
• Just Dandy is a miniature Hinoki Cypress. Even smaller than a dwarf plant, these tiny gardens can be in large shallow pots or in the ground.
• Baby Blue Cypress is slow-growing and bushy, although with an upright tendency.
• Hypertufa pots are lightweight and well-draining, and can withstand weather extremes. Greer-based artisan Oat Mill Creek offers these unique planters.