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Winter Gardening 41 Stories

In mild climates, there's still time to plant a festive camellia in a pot near the front door and put in bulbs for a big spring show. In colder areas, it's time to gather boughs from...
In mild climates, there's still time to plant a festive camellia in a pot near the front door and put in bulbs for a big spring show. In colder areas, it's time to gather boughs from...
New Year, New Landscape — What to Do in Your January Garden
The holidays are receding from view, and the excitement of the new year is brimming. Whether tending your garden is a New Year’s resolution or a release, all sorts of garden chores can make you feel productive this month. Scan seed catalogs, prune deciduous...
Your Garden Is Stirring — Here's What to Do in February
Warming temperatures in the western U.S. are calling for delicious garden additions like artichokes, blackberries and persimmons. For those still with snow-covered gardens, enjoy some indoor planting while planning for spring. In the American Southwest,...
Extend Your Growing Season With a Cold Frame in the Garden
My grandmother had a cold frame. It was a long rectangular box angled to catch the sun with a sliding glass top, located along the south wall of the garage. At the time I didn't know what it was, but now I've built one of my own, just outside my kitchen,...
7 Container Plantings to Bring Winter Gardens to Life
Winter can be bland at the best of times. While the structure plants of your garden can usually hold interest all year, containers that punctuate key areas of the space in the summer can look pretty tired once winter rolls around. We like to combat this...
8 Gorgeous Trees for Winter Interest in the Garden
Winter is often thought of as the time of year to escape the harsh elements and head indoors to get cozy. Most plants are dormant, and the garden is a much more subdued place than in the spring and summer, when there's all that vibrant and budding color....
How to Help Your Trees Weather a Storm
It seems there's no end to big, bad and ugly weather events. When big storms hit with wet snow, heavy rains or gale-force winds, trees suffer. Mature trees are susceptible for any number of reasons, and when an old tree gets irreparably damaged, the loss...
Great Design Plant: Ornamental Cabbage and Kale
Ornamental cabbage and kale are the kinds of plants I love to design with. I think of these plants as I do succulents; they aren't flowers but offer a flower or rosette kind of shape. They...
Expert Pruning Secrets for Exquisite Roses
After the threat of frost has passed, hit the garden armed in your toughest clothes and sharpened pruners for the annual task of cutting back the roses. While gardeners may share different insights on the art of rose pruning, one thing is certain: While...
Planning Time: Get Your Garden Started With Seeds
Garden catalogs have a lot to answer for. They arrive during the doldrums of January and offer glimpses of spring and summer gardens full of bright flowers and luscious vegetables. Unfortunately, when you look outside, it seems like gardening weather...
Got Frost-Damaged Plants? How It Happens, and When and How to Prune
Freezing temperatures can cause brown, crispy growth on plants that are susceptible to frost damage. Frost damage can occur when temperatures dip to or below the freezing point, 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). And both cold-hardy plants and...
8 Essentials for Healthy Indoor Plants
Nothing gives me more pleasure than having my indoor plants refreshed, repotted and repositioned, ready for a new year ahead. All too often we either love our houseplants or neglect them to death. But with some common sense on your part, a little love...
Great Design Plant: Snowdrops Offer a Spring Peek
Common snowdrop is one of the first bulbs to appear, and it’s blooming now in areas where winters are mild. Over the next few weeks, more will begin appearing in gardens as the days lengthen and the temperatures moderate. These diminutive cold-hardy...
Look Beyond Plants for a Wonderful Winter Garden
When designing a landscape for year-round interest, people typically check their plant lists for a selection of evergreen trees and shrubs that offer a pleasing combination of foliage and texture. Frozen grasses and seed heads bring a sculptural quality...
Color Sparks a Winter Landscape
While waiting for spring to arrive, I took a trip to the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden in Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum. Tucked away in a deep green wooded area...
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