It amazes me how many people do not know that you still have to water your winter plants. I used to plant gorgeous pots of Alberta Spruce with variegated vinca vines, spregeri fern, and pansies…I had them at the front door flanking the sides when I lived in the South as well as during my stint in Minnesota. I know others who did the same. The difference in appearance was solely due to who watered theirs and who didn’t. Lots forget this crucial step during the winter. It also applies to your already landscaped plants. While it is true that a large amount of the “juice” goes to the roots for winter, they still need water. Part of the reason that pruning seasons are different is when the “juice” of the plant recedes; it becomes safe to majorly prune a plant without invoking damage to the overall health. Here, in Arizona, I plant pots with pansies, geraniums, dracaena spikes, and snapdragons. It still gets chilly here at night and occasionally dips below the suitable weather for these plants. The key is that I continue to water them as needed. I remember when I lived in the South hearing on the news about early or late unexpected frost warnings and all the farmers were flitting about trying to save their crops. One of the most proven techniques for say, a tobacco farmer, was to turn on his irrigation system and set up sprinklers to run all night long. A moist plant is resistant to freeze damage. This is still the process by which farmers protect their crops. So just remember after you did all that hard work landscaping or planting pots you need to water as usual and don’t overlook or forget your precious little flowers. Enjoy beautiful color all winter long!