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.
Frost flowers form when when sap in the stem of a plant expands, casting long, thin cracks along the length of the stem.
While your garden lay asleep for the winter, take a step back and spend some time on planning you garden. Landscape designers in Los Angeles, Connecticut, and Chicago share helpful insights on what you can do now to enjoy your garden this summer.
Among the plant world's many miracles, witch hazel may be the most restorative. In colder parts of the country, it is one of the only big plants to bloom during the low-light days when gardeners feel most despondent.
With the odds against her, Joanne Fuller of Portland Oregon turns her problematic sloped shade garden into a winter jewel box of hellebores and Lenten rose hybrids which can all be enjoyed at eye-level while still enjoying her privacy and the little natural light the mature oak trees allow.
When it comes to conifers, the delight is in the details.
If the thought of approaching winter has you down about your garden, let houseplants come to the rescue! Tovah Martin, author of The Unexpected Houseplant, offers some great advice on how to make your windowsills shine all the way through spring.
Bursting into bloom just as winter takes over, witch hazel not only offers hope that spring is on the way with its fragrant bright blooms, but also offers time-honored healing qualities that make these east coast natives a tonic for the body and soul.
When it starts to get cold out, it only seems natural to make sure your pets are indoors and the kids have their scarves. Don’t forget a number outdoor plants can be brought indoors during the colder months to help save them for another season. Here's our guide to overwintering plants (as well as a list of which plants to toss).
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.
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.
The story and photographs of one reader's winter garden in Petaluma, California.
A stunning late-season garden in a valley of the Appalachian Mountains, in North Carolina, has profuse plantings of dahlias, asters, salvia, and more.
Ornamental kales and cabbages are ubiquitous winter foliage plants, with leaves that turn colors after a couple of frosts.
Now is the time to get forced bulbs ready—we show you how! Plus: How a gin cocktail keeps paperwhites short and manageable.
Snowdrop fanatic David L. Culp—he has the second-largest collection in the country!—talks about this winter-blooming bulb, saying that "Anything that blooms against the odds has a place in my heart." Plus: His favorite plant pairings for the Giant Snowdrop.
A beautiful and necessary occurrence in the garden, Jack Frost transforms gardens into a glittery scene of ice and sleep while never being certain when the curtain will rise. From old wives tales to the Farmer’s Almanac, which are the best clues as to when the star of the winter months will make his first appearance?
Tips from a professional photography on how to create compelling outdoor images during the winter months.