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By: Garden Design

This year especially, gardens have been a saving grace for many. But with shorter days, holidays, and winter weather, that cherished time spent outside may be cut back. It is, however, a great time to think about the past year—what worked, what didn’t, and what you’d like to change for the coming year. Read on for colorful plants, tips for successful planting, an amazing guide to year-round gardening, and a project to bring a little green indoors.

Growing Rhododendrons & Azaleas

Azaleas are a type of rhododendron, and they both require similar care. They typically start blooming early to mid spring, but reblooming varieties can fill your garden with flowers nearly all year. With choices available for Zones 4 through 9, sizes from 18 inches to 20 feet, and flowers in a rainbow of colors, there’s one (or more) to suit just about every garden. Learn the basics of growing them here.

Right Plant, Right Place

If you’re looking forward to next year (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) and thinking about what to add to your garden, there are some things you should definitely think about first. Understanding the concept of “right plant, right place” can make a world of difference not only in the success of your garden, but also the amount of maintenance it will require. See what you should be taking into consideration when planning your next plant purchases.

Now you’re ready to pre-order plants for spring delivery!

DIY Terrarium Tips

Itching to get your hands dirty, but the weather’s not cooperating? Planting a terrarium could be the answer. See our top 10 DIY terrarium tips, including how to select the right plants and the best locations to display them.

Enter to WIN – A Year at Brandywine Cottage

It’s the perfect time to dive into David Culp’s most recent book, and follow along in the new year as he takes us through the six natural seasons (yes, six!) of his Pennsylvania garden. You’ll find monthly advice, tips on choosing plants for year-round interest, ideas for incorporating edibles, and so much more. His ideas and inspiration can be applied to any garden, any size, anywhere. Photographed by Rob Cardillo. See this book, and others, in our bookstore.

“We must never forget, we aren’t gardening for ourselves; we have to be cognizant of our role in the greater garden—the earth and its plants and creatures—of which we are a part.”

Bonus: Two lucky readers will win this book just by sharing this newsletter with a friend! Click here to share & be entered.

Winter Photography

Learn 5 tips to improve your winter photography from Brooklyn Botanical Garden photography guide, Karen Bell. Share your winter garden photos with us on Instagram with the hashtag #gdwintergarden.