Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 3-4

February 1 to February 28-- Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

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1.) It’s time to plan for your best garden yet.

1. Winter is the perfect time to re-evaluate your garden successes and failures.

2.) Who needs flowers when you can have colorful leaves?

2. These foliage plants add lots of color to the garden:

  • Coleus
    Entire plants glow with color, from soft and elegant to deep, bold tones-perfect for shady yards, gardens and terraces. Excellent weather tolerance. Use in tubs, urns and garden beds.
  • Caladium
    With stunning leaves in shades of green, white, pink and red, caladiums are grown for their bold foliage. This colorful plant is great for containers.
  • Elephant Ear, Black, , large

3.) Winter temperatures assist some plants in breaking dormancy.

3. Get an early start in the garden with winter sown seeds.

4.) Hydrangeas are cold-hardy flowering marvels.

4. Perennial fruit will produce for years.

  • Blueberry, 90 days Northern Collection , , large
  • Strawberry, Albion, , large
  • Raspberry, Royalty, , large

5.) It’s time to start some seeds indoors.

5. Start these vegetables from seed now.

  • Celery, Tango Hybrid, , large
  • Leeks
    Leeks are closely related to onions but have a sweeter, creamier, more delicate flavor. Prized by cooks as a flavoring for dishes of all types. Many cultivars are extremely hardy and will tolerate bel
  • Onions
    Onions are the tastiest of vegetables and very easy to grow. Sow seed indoors or for easier quicker harvests use onion sets or onion plants.