I grew some perennials in containers this year that are not hardy in my area. What should I do with them over the winter?
Virtues: We love fast-growing ghost bramble for the ghostly white coating that covers its thorny canes in the winter season. This eerie deciduous shrub also produces purple flowers that become small, black inedible fruit.
Learn how to construct a cold frame and also how to convert the cold frame into a heated hotbed in this video from Tricia at Peaceful Valley.
What’s the difference between a frost and a freeze, when mentioned on the weather report?
Virtues: We love ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass for its feathery spires that appear in the summer and remain upright all through winter. It provides an excellent vertical accent for borders and narrow spaces. Common name: ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed …
Virtues: We love ‘Glamour Red’ ornamental kale for its hot pink burst of color that adds unexpected brightness to any fall garden. It works well as an edging, or as a fun addition to any cool-season container or hanging basket.
After seeing the Monet’s Gardens at Giverny exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden, I was inspired to learn more about growing water lilies. I have a pond on my property with nothing growing in it except algae. I heard that …
Virtues: We love ‘Advance’ snow crocus (Crocus chrysanthus ‘Advance’) for its bright and cheerful two-tone flowers. They remind us of Easter eggs!
We love winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) for its cheerful yellow flowers that appear in late winter or earliest spring.
Use this time to evaluate and tend to hedges.
The USDA released an updated version of the Hardiness Zone Map, with adjusted zones and more helpful online features.