One of the disadvantages of gardening in a cold climate is that we have no flowers in our gardens at this time of the year.
There is pleasure in just working outside since we realize winter will soon close in and closing us indoors.
As the growing season ends and we look at our gardens with a critical eye, we often wonder if we should make changes in overall design.
I was given my Callicarpa as a gift, and it is certainly a gift that keeps on giving.
So much has been written about color in the garden, but in recent years there has been a trend to include touches of black.
I love it for its wealth of golden flowers, which fill my vases from mid summer to mid fall.
Sometimes there are wet spots in a garden that need permanent plantings to convert a liability into an asset.
We all need allies in the battle against weeds. Luckily, the woodland plant Epimedium helps fight off weeds in the early spring.
With constant, changing weather patterns, March flowers have it rough. Learn about the "Brave Flowers of March" on this Focus on the Flowers.
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.