And in the winter, wild and cold, 'tis merry, merry, too
- William Howitt
To add some seasonal color to the entrance, I planted small conifers and holly in wooden containers and hanging baskets, along with red cedar mulch for insulation. On warmer days, I give them plenty of water, but when temperatures dip below freezing, the plants are on their own for a while (unless it gets excessively cold, in which case, I take them inside). When spring arrives, I'll transplant them to permanent locations elsewhere. It's nice that some degree of outdoor gardening can still be accomplished during the winter months! :-)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!