11/14/2014 04:01 pm ET Updated Nov 14, 2014

Winter Gardening Is Just What We Need To Get Through The Chilliest Season

In many parts of the country, the approach of winter signals the end to gardening season. Not quite, according to Richard Berry, an gardening expert in the video above. He argues that potted plants can make a great alternative to the cut branches and greenery traditionally used in holiday decorating, especially when arranged in a window box. The resulting lush mini-gardens beautifully counter the bare trees and faded colors that come with winter.

Here's the fine print: Obviously, you can't use delicate plants for this project. Miniature evergreens are your best bet. You also still need to keep the plants hydrated regularly -- up until the first frost. Depending on the variety you choose, you might have to bring the container in when temperatures dip below the freezing point. If you bought the plant from a nursery or home superstore, it will have a label with specific care instructions. Aesthetically, you'll want to combine short and tall varieties within the container, which gives the appearance of fullness.

Watch the video above for more tips and tricks for winter container gardens. Then, tell us: Will you try your hand at this cold weather project?

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