We planted wallflowers in our winter beds several years ago and were impressed with their good looks and vigor through the entire winter. This new variety is gorgeous with narrow leaves of sage green with a yellow margin providing bright color in the winter garden. It grows 18 inches tall and 15 inches wide. In early spring (could be February if we have a mild winter) magenta flowers appear, wafting a sweet fragrance of honey. Cut the old flowers off to have the plants bloom for months.
The holidays are the perfect time to use fresh herbs, Nothing provides better taste than herbs cut fresh from the garden. Many are evergreen all winter. Plant them in a sunny flower bed or garden. We enjoy placing a container of herbs near our kitchen door for quick cutting. Evergreen herbs include rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, salad burnet, parsley, arugula and dill.