Winter Gardening

We're always on the lookout for great articles to help new and experienced gardeners. Please feel free to share any great articles you come across and we'll add them to our site so other members of the North Shore Plant Club can continue to learn more about gardening. Send a link to us at

Title / Author Tags Date
Planning a winter garden: 12 inspiring winter garden ideas and expert advice
Lucy Searle, Homes & Gardens
Winter Gardening 10/10/21
Best winter plants for pots and borders
Melanie Griffiths, Homes & Gardens
Plant Recommendations, Winter Gardening 10/9/21
Browning bottoms on evergreens likely mean deer made wintery snacks of foliage. Here’s how to treat it. (Requires subscription?)
Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Winter Gardening 3/13/21
Gardening: How to protect or heal trees damaged by snow
Lee Reich, AP
Winter Gardening 2/22/21
The one thing you must do in the garden this winter to avoid frozen pipes
Anna Cottrell, Homes & Gardens
Winter Gardening 1/11/21
Winter Gardening: Tips to Add Color
Sally Roth, Birds & Blooms
Winter Gardening 4/24/20
Soil Temperature Is Critical to Garden Plants
Megan Shinn, Horticulture Magazine
Planting, Spring Gardening, Winter Gardening 3/16/19
Early Spring Planting
Midwest Gardening
Planting, Winter Gardening

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Field-Grown vs. Greenhouse-Grown Plants

Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.

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