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Witch hazel, which blooms in the middle of winter, is a natural remedy for the wintertime blues. With flowers that resemble delicate bits of yellow, copper, or red ribbon, witch hazel is not only a burst of color, but can also produce a delicious and powerful fragrance in the icy air. Plus: We list six of our favorite witch hazel varieties.
If you enjoy the company of houseplants, consider cultivating a window garden, which is ideal for showing off plants in the winter. Creating a window garden is easy—you need only to extend the existing sill, and then mount, on the window frame, glass shelves, brackets (if you want them), and lengths of wire (for training vines). In my window garden, I paint horticultural portraits to emphasize the seasons. In this slide show, I'll show you the many different window gardens I've created in my house. 
Kevin Lee Jacobs shares how he transformed his backyard from a parking lot to a spectacular rose garden, using a mix of cuttings, new plants, and of course, blood, sweat, and tears. 
Our how-to for using milk and water jugs to create your own planters to sow seeds in the snow. Yes, you can start sowing seeds now, even if you're snowed in, and be rewarded with hardy vegetables and flowers in the summer.
Interested in taking photographs of your garden this winter? Here are 5 tips from garden photographer Karen Bell about how to best capture your plants in all of their snowy glory. If you're near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, check out her photography classes starting in February 2014.
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Tips to ensure your garden has a peaceful winter sleep with the help from three essential books from Timber Press, you can treat your garden to a restful winter slumber, and it will awaken healthy and fresh for a new season.
Pruning woody plants allows their flowers and foliage to flourish, if done at the right time — and place. An expert shares his strategy for cutting back. 
Is it too soon to get excited for snowdrops? Maybe, but we found an amazing new book on galanthus that makes us excited for snow to come and then melt.
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How a love for eating mushrooms led to a livelong obessession with finding them. 


Containers are as complicated as they are chic — and worth every minute of your effort
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