The Vinca minor, also known as common periwinkle, is best known for being an easy ground cover with periwinkle blue flowers in spring.
In late February in my Midwestern garden, I delight in the green, sprouting foliage of little bulbs. It is evidence that the tiniest flowers are the bravest.
After the holidays, gardeners often seek tender bulbs that bloom indoors such as the Paper White Narcissus. They will light up our homes and hearts in winter.
You can plant many varieties of lily bulbs to have continuous bloom from late May into August.
The tiny scilla is one of these rewarding yet undemanding fellows.
What do you do to get your flower fix in February?
Beatrix Farrand was a great American landscape designer. Two of her most famous gardens are found at Princeton and Yale Universities.
One of the most gorgeous shrubs that can be planted late is the tree peony.
We are surprised and chagrined by the way weeds keep popping up no matter how vigilant we are. But we can also be surprised by the more decorative plants.
"Bread is but food for the body, whereas narcissus is food for the soul."