winter

LSU AgCenter

Louisiana gardeners often use containers of tender tropical plants on decks, patios, porches, and in courtyards. They provide color and beauty through the summer season.

These plants thrive in the outdoor conditions, but since they can't withstand freezing temperatures, we have to protect them over the winter.

You may move them inside on freezing nights as needed, or you may choose to bring them inside for the entirety of the season.


An elephant ear wet with winter rain.
praline3001 / Flickr

Winter is not necessarily a time of rest for southeast Louisiana gardeners, even though our lawns, trees, and shrubs are dormant and we get plenty of rain.

Winter Garden Chores

Dec 15, 2012
Tools of the trade.
Mike Carroll / Flickr

While the pace of things in the garden is slow, it's a good time to clean-up and repair tools and tuck plants in for cooler, wetter weather.