THERE IS NOTHING like the fantasy of full-blown, flowery gardens in the middle of winter to reassure us that the earth is again spinning toward springtime. What else but a flower show offers daffodils blooming beneath spires of June-flowering delphiniums or the luxury of inhaling lily perfume five months early? Read Article
BY JEFF COX/Kenwood, California, Zone 9 In much of the country, there comes a special mild day in late March or early April that makes one glad to be alive. Its sudden pleasantness signals that the long months of horticultural … Read Article
Finding beauty in a Midwestern winter garden.
Nature has supplied us with a multitude of incredibly powerful scenes that are capable of rejuvenating the human spirit, but I believe that a well-designed garden right outside your back door can stimulate a similar positive experience. Read Article
A husband and wife find compromise in the garden.
BY C. COLSTON BURRELL /Free Union, Virginia, Zone 7 WHEN I’m just too hot to pretend it’s still spring, and a full tree canopy has enshrouded my garden, woodland flowers give way to foliage. It is undeniably summer, and under … Read Article
WINTER FLOWERS always come as a special delight—all the more so if they happen to be fragrant. Luckily, we in the South can grow a number of winter-blooming shrubs renowned for their fragrance. Read Article
Oh, the blessed climate of California, where frost rarely if ever threatens the magnolia blossoms. Read Article
BY C. COLSTON BURRELL / Free Union, Virginia, Zone 7 I am a lustful gardener. I once referred to myself as a chlorophyll addict, and an earnest voice asked who had bestowed my certification. Though I joked that she had … Read Article
The baseball season and the gardening season coincide in Kansas City, Missouri. Early spring is a time of warm-ups and optimism on both fronts. Read Article
Signs of spring can be seen in Virginia gardens as early as December.