How to Overwinter Cold-Hardy Swiss Chard

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Nutritious, prolific, and easy to grow, Swiss chard is a productive biennial that can be overwintered and harvested for a second growing season in areas with cool or mild winters. But they do best with a little outside help to ensure survival in frigid conditions. Learn how to overwinter cold-hardy Swiss chard here.

How to Care for Agapanthus Plants in Winter

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If you’re a gardener in Zones 6 through 9 and you’re growing agapanthus, you may be wondering how to keep the plant alive during cold winter months. Does it matter if your agapanthus is deciduous or evergreen? Should you pot the plant and bring it indoors? In this guide, we answer all this and more. Read more now.

How to Prepare Bleeding Hearts for Winter

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Your bleeding hearts bloomed nicely during the spring and then the foliage turned yellow before dying back in the summer heat. Now it’s fall and you aren’t sure how to prepare them for the winter. Should you cut them back? Mulch them? What about water? Learn everything you need to know in our guide. Read more.

Are Petunias Cold Hardy? Tips for Outdoor Winter Care

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Petunias are not cold hardy, and they grow as perennials only in Zones 9-11. But even in cooler climates, you can maximize their blooming season outdoors with a few preparations. Follow these strategies for preparing petunias for cool weather, and you’ll have waves of blooms well into autumn. Read more now.

Your Complete Guide to Overwintering Petunias

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Most of us toss our petunias at the end of the growing season because they can’t survive freezing weather. But there’s another option. You can overwinter petunias in a protected spot so you can enjoy their vibrant color again next season. There are two ways to do it, and this guide will show you how. Read more.

How and When to Plant Cold Weather Cover Crops

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Cover crops aren’t just for farmers. They’re easy, economical, and efficient for the home garden too. With many benefits, they’re a smart, natural method of protecting the soil, improving its structure, and increasing nutrients all at the same time. Learn how and when to plant cold weather cover crops. Read more now.

Make Soothing Herbal Tea for Coughs, Colds, and the Flu

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Why suffer through the miserable symptoms of a cough, cold, or the flu when you can find fast relief with an easy-to-make batch of soothing herbal tea? Prepared with fresh, natural ingredients, you can start feeling better in just 10 minutes with a steaming mugful of this brew. Find the step-by-step guide right here.

How to Protect Camellias from Winter Cold Damage

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The beloved ornamental camellia has been cultivated globally for ages and bred by experts so some varieties can withstand harsh winter conditions. But camellia types that thrive in warmer climates will need protection prior to the onset of winter temperatures and cold winds, to avoid dieback and damage. Learn more now.

How to Care for Cold-Damaged Forsythia

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If your spring forsythia display isn’t up to par, it could be because the shrubs have suffered cold weather damage. Unusually low temperatures and frozen precipitation can wreak havoc on plant tissue. Read on to discover the warning signs and steps you can take to try to restore your forsythia to its former glory.

How to Grow Hellebores, the Winter-to-Spring Sensation

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If you’re looking for unique perennial flowers, hybrid hellebores are for you. Also known as Lenten roses, they’re perfect for moist, shady locations in the garden, and reward with cheerful blossoms in late winter and early spring. Learn how to cultivate these evergreen early bloomers in this guide. Read more now.

How to Winterize Roses

To have healthy, beautiful roses, you need to grow varieties suited to your growing zone. And if you live where the ground freezes during the coldest months of the year, you may have to provide winter protection to get those beauties safely through to spring. Learn how to winterize your roses in this guide.

Tips for Growing Brussels Sprouts in Winter

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Brussels sprouts are a cool weather crop suitable for cultivation in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9 and their flavor is improved by a light frost. But what about if a heavy freeze is in the forecast? Learn how to protect your brussels sprouts and enjoy a fresh winter harvest in this guide. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Collard Greens in Winter

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Did you know you can grow collard greens in the winter months? Collard greens are very cold hardy and a touch of frost improves their flavor and texture. With just a few simple tips, you can enjoy fresh homegrown greens long after other crops have withered. Learn how to grow collards in cold weather in this guide.

How to Lift Dahlias for Winter Storage

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Dahlias are spectacular, long-lasting flowers that add reliable color to the late season garden. But these plants are frost tender and don’t like wet feet. They need to lifted for winter storage and benefit from having their tubers divided in spring. Learn how to lift and store your dahlias during winter in this guide.

How to Overwinter Garden Geraniums

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Garden, or zonal geraniums are popular herbaceous perennials in Zones 10 and 11 that grow as annuals in colder regions. Instead of letting them die at season’s end, you can overwinter your plants indoors for planting out the following spring. Learn all you need to know to winter over garden geraniums in this guide.

Putting a Blanket on Blanket Flowers: Gaillardia Winter Care Guide

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Gaillardia is an easy-to-grow perennial that puts on a burst of color throughout the summer months. With a few simple preparations, you can set up your plants to survive winter’s chill and come back healthy in springtime. Learn how to care for your blanket flowers during the winter in this guide. Read more now.

How to Prepare Your Fuchsia Plants for Winter

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Do you love the long-lasting vibrancy of fuchsia flowers but hate to see them go when Old Man Winter ambles into town? There’s no reason to give up on your plants just because it’s cold. Learn how to protect your plant, whether it’s in the ground or in a container, so you can enjoy it year after year. Read more now.

How to Overwinter Hot Pepper Plants

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Hot peppers are typically grown as annuals, but did you know that you can overwinter these perennial plants for a larger harvest next season? With the right preparation, you can keep your favorite varieties dormant in the winter months and they’ll come back healthy in spring. Learn how to winterize hot pepper plants.

How to Care for Milkweed Plants in Winter

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Milkweed is wonderful for attracting monarch butterflies and other pollinators to the garden, and with minimal winter care, this attractive perennial herb will reemerge from its impressive root system year after year. Ready to learn how to winterize your milkweed plants for a bounty of blooms next season? Read more.

How to Prepare Coreopsis for Winter

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Bright coreopsis flowers provide a sweet, cheerful sight during the summer months, and now they’ve died back. These perennial wildflowers will go dormant through the winter months and return in the spring. But how do you prepare your coreopsis for winter? Learn all about winter care and preparation in this guide.

How to Put Strawberry Plants to Bed for the Winter

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Strawberries are suited to cultivation in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 10. With the proper winter care, hardy varieties can come back year after year and yield abundant harvests of sweet and juicy berries. Learn how to prepare and protect your strawberry plants during the winter months in this guide. Read more now.

Keeping Basil When It Gets Chilly: Fall and Winter Growing Tips

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There’s nothing better than homemade fresh pesto in the middle of winter. But supermarket basil gets pricey after the summer season, and it can be hard to find. The good news is that there’s a way to keep your garden basil alive throughout even the chilliest winter months. Find out how in our guide. Read more now.

How to Winterize Hardy Garden Mums

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You’ve enjoyed their vibrant autumn color and now winter is creeping in. But what if you’re not ready to say goodbye to your mums? Rather than tossing them out, our helpful guide will show you how to overwinter your plants so you can enjoy them year after year, from fall prep to spring care. Read more now.

How to Prepare Boysenberry Bushes for Winter

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Your boysenberry bushes provided tasty sweet-tart berries through the summer, and now they’ve died back. You know they’re going to return in the spring – as long as you can keep them warm this winter. But how do you do that? What steps are involved? Learn everything you need to know in our guide. Read more.

How to Care for Peony Plants in Winter

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If you are growing peonies you’ll need to know how to care for them over the cold winter months. Peony plants require a period of dormancy and chilling hours to bloom again next season. So how do you prepare your plants for winter? Learn all about winter care for peonies in this guide. Read more now.

How to Prepare Your Delphinium Plants for Winter

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Your delphiniums bloomed splendidly during the summer, and now they’ve died back. You know they’re going to return in the spring, but only if you prepare them for dormancy and keep them warm during the winter. But how do you do that? What steps are involved? Learn everything you need to know in our guide. Read more.

How to Lift Caladiums for Winter Storage

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Tropical caladiums are perennial foliage plants that can stay in the ground year-round in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11. In colder areas, they grow as annuals. Learn everything you need to know to dig up, cure, and store your favorite caladium corms over the winter months for replanting next spring. Read more now.

The Many Faces of Hellebores: 6 Unique Types to Love

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Perennial hellebores add color to the late-winter garden, when many plants are still dormant. There are numerous varieties and each has unique characteristics. Some are more common in the home garden, and others are quite rare. Read on to increase your knowledge of the Helleborus genus, right here on Gardener’s Path.

11 of the Best Crocus Varieties for Your Garden

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Nothing brightens the spirit better than a field of early-spring crocuses. Did you know that there are numerous varieties to choose from? Some are deer resistant, others are extra hardy, and with their colorful hues, all are gorgeous. Check out our roundup of 11 of our favorite crocus varieties for your garden now.

7 Tips for Planting Hellebore Seeds

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Are you longing for color in the late winter garden, when most plants are still dormant? Hardy flowering hellebores fit the bill. Easy to sow, they reward with an abundance of sweetly nodding blossoms in an array of colors. Chase the winter blues away with these 7 tips for planting hellebore seeds. Read more now.

11 of the Best Double Hellebore Varieties for the Late Winter Garden

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Nothing shows that spring is on the way like the nodding heads of hellebore flowers in the snow. If you eagerly anticipate these hardy late-winter perennials, prepare to fall in love. Read on to discover 11 of the best double hellebore varieties with robust blossoms in irresistible colors. See our favorites now.

9 Reasons Your Crocus May Not Bloom

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Are your crocus corms failing to produce blooms, or maybe they’re not even pushing foliage through the ground? If you’re not seeing flowers by mid-spring, you know something’s up. But what could it be? This guide will introduce the nine most common reasons why your crocus might fail to bloom. Read more now.

Can Crocus Grow in the Cold and Snow?

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Crocuses are known for dotting lawns and gardens with vibrant hues of purple, pink, and yellow just when winter seemed it would never end. They’re also famously hardy. But can they survive the most frigid winter temperatures? What if they bloom just before a cold snap or blizzard? Can they grow in snow? Find out now.

When to Plant Crocus Bulbs

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Are you wondering when is the best time to plant crocus bulbs in the ground for a vibrant springtime reward? You won’t want to miss this guide. Discover exactly when to plant the three most popular crocus varieties for a late fall or early spring bounty of purple, pink, white, or yellow blooms. Read more now.

How to Grow Hardy Snowdrops

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Welcome spring with mass plantings of hardy snowdrop, a bulb flower that blooms right through the snow. Let this charming perennial naturalize for impressive drifts of bell-shaped white blossoms, or interplant it with crocus for a stunning display. Learn how to add Galanthus to your garden now on Gardener’s Path.

The Best Cold Hardy Rosemary Varieties

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Do you live in USDA Hardiness Zones 5-7 and would like to overwinter rosemary? This pungent, warm-weather herb from the Mediterranean is commonly used to season savory dishes and provides interest in the garden. Learn about the different cold-hardy varieties that can withstand brutally cold weather. Read more now.

How to Overwinter Banana Plants

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Banana plants add a dramatic and splashy punch of the tropics to the landscape, but they will succumb to winter’s wrath if they’re not properly cared for. In this article, our experts share several ways to safely overwinter these (mostly) cold-intolerant plants so they are happy and healthy when warmer weather returns.

How to Care for Nasturtiums in Winter

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Nasturtiums’ bright blooms and rounded leaves bring cheer to the summer garden. However, these edible annuals don’t do well in the winter chill. In order for your plants to survive the colder months, you’ll need to give them some extra care and protection. Get our top tips on how to care for nasturtiums during winter.

11 Winter Lawn Care Essentials

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You take pride in your lawn, invest time and money in it, and tend it lovingly from spring through fall. Why not give the turf some love in the winter? With our 11 winter lawn care essentials, you can discover ways to keep it healthy and avoid headaches in the spring. Read more now to learn how.

How to Grow Winter Savory

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Winter savory is the perennial cousin of the annual summer variety, and its evergreen leaves can be enjoyed in recipes year-round. This easy-to-grow herb adds a peppery umami flavor to bean dishes, game, meat, and stuffing, and makes a great companion plant in the garden. Read more now to learn how to grow your own.

23 Colorful Houseplants to Warm Up Your Home This Winter

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Wintertime can be dreary. Why not brighten things up with colorful houseplants? Learn about 23 of our favorites to find the best options suited to your indoor conditions and decor. From fresh and tropical to old school, plants are available in your favorite colors that are sure to thrive in your home. Read more now.

Lemongrass Winter Care: How to Prepare for the Cold

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Lemongrass brings a tropical touch to your garden, with its long leaves and citrusy scent. But it needs a bit of extra care and attention if it’s to survive the winter chill. To learn what steps to take to prepare your plants for the change of season, and the protection they need for overwintering, read more now.

How to Protect Rosemary Plants in the Winter

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If you’re growing rosemary in your garden, you might be wondering if it can survive the winter outside. Depending on your growing zone, there are a number of measures you can take to help your plants through the colder months, including mulching and potting-up. Learn how to protect your rosemary plants this winter.

How to Grow Parsley in Winter

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If you mourn the loss of garden-fresh herbs with the arrival of cold weather, take heart. There are a few that still continue to produce leaves in winter, and parsley’s one of them – so you can enjoy their fresh taste in your favorite recipes all year. Join us as we dish the dirt on how to grow parsley in winter.

How to Store Carrots In the Ground

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When it’s time to harvest your crops, have you ever wondered what to do with an overabundance of root vegetables? What if your homegrown carrots could be left in the soil for the winter? Leaving carrots in the ground is a great way to keep them fresh during the winter months – given the right conditions. Read more now.

Anticipating and Assessing Frost Damage in the Fall Vegetable Garden

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When the thermometer takes a sudden dive, you may wake up to a vegetable garden coated with frost. Some crops can tolerate it, but others are ruined instantly. Learn about the hardiness of vegetables, what to do when frost is in the forecast, and how to deal with the damage that may occur. Read more now.

11 Things to Do in the Garden Before Winter

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The glory days of summer may be over but there are still a few things to do in the garden before winter arrives. Take the time now to get these tasks done and your plants will be protected from freeze and frost, the soil will be nourished, and your garden will be ready for action when spring arrives. Get the list here.

11 of the Best Cold Temperature Ornamental Plants for the Fall Garden

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Do you mourn the loss of color when summer ends? Well, instead of living in the gray zone for six months, add some bold, vibrant color to the late season garden. We’ve rounded up 11 of the best ornamental plants that will add interest and vibrant hues to your fall garden. Join us now for a closer look.

Winter Mulching to Protect Cold Tolerant Crops

Want to help your garden rest well this winter? Winter mulching is a great way to prolong harvests, improve soil quality, and protect overwintering plants by insulating soil with organic materials. Learn how to use mulch to better support perennials and annual crops this winter. Read more now.

How to Start Annuals Indoors from Seed

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Are you itching to get into the garden, but it’s still too cold outside? Satisfy your craving to play in the dirt by starting seeds indoors. With an egg carton and potting medium, you can grow flowers, herbs, and vegetables to transplant outside when the weather warms. Learn how on Gardener’s Path.

Winter Blooms for Your Garden

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Gardeners in temperate areas either endure winter, or defy it. Those who endure it are sustained by color catalogs from seed, bulb, and plant nurseries; those who defy it resort to greenhouses or windowsills crowded with amaryllis, forced bulbs, and foliage plants. For those of us in hibernal denial, however, there’s another outlet: find plants …

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