Putting Away Flower Boxes for the Winter

If you’re a New Englander and have an outdoor planter (like a planter box for the bees), it’s time to put it away for the winter!

Our green friends can’t survive in the winter’s cold climate, so we have to make some changes in our gardens to gear up for the winter. But fear not! Preparing outdoor planters for the winter is a truly simple task that takes only a few steps.

Follow my guide below to equip your outdoor plants for the winter so you can focus on setting up your indoor plants for the cold season ahead!


  1. The first and arguably most important step is to determine which of your plants are perennials and which are annuals.

    Perennials are plants that live through many growing seasons. Generally, the top portion of the plant dies back each winter and regrows the following spring from the same root system.

    Annuals are plants that perform their entire life cycle from seed to flower to seed within a single growing season. All roots, stems, and leaves of the plant die annually.

    The perennials that I had planted in my flower box for the bees were Catmint and Bee Balm. The annuals were Snapdragons, Portulaca, Marigolds, and Cosmos.


  3. After identifying which of your plants are annuals and which are perennials, remove the annuals from your planter.

    Use a small garden shovel to dig up your perennial plants by the root. Be sure to remove as much excess dirt as you can.

    Remember to keep your perennials planted. They have the capacity to survive the winter and live through the next growing season.


  5. Next, trim away all of the dead leaves and plant material that resides on your perennials. Clip down to the nearest growth until the plant is free of browning.

  7. Place all of the plant waste in your compost bin. If you don’t have one, they are an awesome resource and super easy to make. Learn how to make a compost bin in 5 minutes!

  9. Use your garden shovel to carefully remove the perennials from their planter.

    Consolidate the plants by replanting them in a smaller pot.

    Once the plants are in their new home, move them to a safe and secure location. I put mine on the side of my house to be shielded from the wind and other elements of Mama Earth.


  11. You can and should reserve the soil in your planter boxes for the next year! Simply stack and place them in a safe place (such as under a porch or against the wall of your house). They should be covered with a tarp or something of that sort to protect them.

I hope that this guide helps you in the process of gearing up garden your for the winter! By taking the proper precautionary action you can make gardening a lot easier on yourself and your plants!

Now that your outdoor garden is closed, you can focus on building your indoor forest! What indoor plants do you plan to have this winter? Comment below! Also, stay tuned for a post regarding my indoor jungle!😄

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