There’s not much that can compete with the flavorful burst of a cherry tomato off the vine, especially if it’s a plant you’ve grown and nurtured yourself. The same applies to homegrown string beans, peppers, and kohlrabi. Then there’s the convenience: Walk out your back door and snip some basil for pesto, oregano to add to pasta, or chives to chop into your salad. Growing edible plants — even if it’s just one or two of them — is incredibly rewarding.
Whether you’re gardening on a high-rise balcony or on acres in the country, and whether you’re growing a single parsley plant or a multiple-row vegetable garden, you’ll need to consider the where, how, when, and what of your plantings.
Whether you garden on the edge of the woods, in a subdivision, or on a concrete pad behind a city row home, you can plan a garden that showcases each season’s unique beauty. And regardless of your style — meticulous planner versus more of an experiment-as-you-go type — the process can be just as rewarding as the end result.
We’ve got some tips for creating an eternal garden, a space that inspires satisfaction and joy while you’re actively pruning shrubs, appreciating it from a bench among the flowers or peeking out a kitchen window at snow-covered branches.
It’s cold outside. There’s frost on the car windows most mornings. And while many plants are dormant, we too tend to turn our focus indoors, taking a break from active gardening. It doesn’t have to be that way. I look to the pros for inspiration all year round, but especially in these months when the cold and dark don’t exactly scream “Get out and garden!”. Taking cues from some of Pennsylvania’s garden destinations, here are some ways that you can liven up your garden with pops of color and artistry until the daffodils pop back up.