Fill in With Winter Color

Time is running out to plant winter annuals filling nurseries now, but if there are gaps in the garden, pick some of these cool season beauties to fill them: pansies, violas, primroses, snapdragons, delphiniums and calendula. For a contemporary touch, consider adding showy cool-season veggies instead of flowers. Some options include lavender flowering kale (yes- it’s edible), ‘Rainbow’ or ‘Ruby’ chard, ‘Bull’s Blood’ beets with red and gold-veined leaves, bronze-leafed lettuce or red mustard. Don’t ignore those six-packs or 4-inch pots of California poppies in the classic sunny orange or new sorbet or jewel colors. They can still be planted – they are striking in meadow gardens – and though grown as annuals, they are perennials. Cut them back hard after bloom for another flowering then cut back to the ground. After a summer dormancy, winter rains will awaken them for another season of bloom.


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