Indoor or outdoor for the winter?

by Marsha
I have a small lavender plant and also a mint plant. Since I have a terrace they are in pots. Should I bring them inside for the winter or put them on the side of the terrace and water them once a week?
  5 answers
  • since they are perennials you can leave them out on the terrace and water them as needed since they will go dormant once the freeze hits.

  • Mint is very tough but lavenders are not so much. The hardiest is english lavender which is hardy to zone 5. In a pot it is tht much more at risk of frost. In a small pot even more so again. I don't know what your zone is but take this into consideration.

  • Therese Ryan-Haas Therese Ryan-Haas on Aug 26, 2013
    I really doubt they will comeback in a pot opposed to in the ground. But they are so cheep to replace it would be interesting to see if they make it.

  • Marsha Marsha on Aug 26, 2013
    Three different answers so far. I think I will bring them inside in the fall. I know their easy to replace but before I do I want to see if they will last. I have other perenials on my terrace that I leave out in pots all winter and they always come back.

    • @Marsha I have many things in pots that I leave out all winter. I cluster all my potted plants together in a protected area. Gardening is a series of trial and error and many times you will find differing answers. My yard and what I do defies many gardening rules. I attribute my success to my gift (of having a super green thumb) and to my passion for all things beautiful. good luck and happy gardening.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Aug 27, 2013
    Depending on the cultivar and the winter, lavender can be sort of marginally hardy in New York even planted in the ground, so I think you would be better off bringing it inside. The mint will probably overwinter if you have a portion of your terrace protected from prevailing winds.