Try edgeworthia, aka Paper Bush. Its deciduous, bearing yellow flower clusters that are beautiful and very fragrant. It blooms in February when not much is going on in the garden.
It grows in part shade, 5- to 8-feet wide and high, so give it room to grow. New varieties are available that are beautiful throughout the year. Because its a Todd Terrific shrub, go get one or three.
For lots of flowers this spring, now is the time to start seeds indoors of coleus, marigolds, cosmos, zinnias and other warm season annuals. Use the new varieties. they are more disease resistant.
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Need to plant a container in a hurry? Try a used coffee filter in the bottom of the pot to cover the drainage hole. Fill with soil and plants. Its quick and easy, and a great way to recycle.
Now is the time to prune hybrid tea roses. Remove weak and diseased canes. Prune remaining canes to a height of 18-24 inches. Remove and replace mulch if there was a significant disease or insect problem on the roses.
Daphne odora, or winter Daphne, has it all: winter blooms, fragrant flowers, evergreen shrub growing 3- to 4-feet, shade loving, great for containers or any well drained garden site.
Have a nice Valentines Day. For that special someone, buy living flowers and plants that can be used in the garden later.
Todd Goulding provides residential landscape design consultations. Contact him at www.fernvalley.com, 478-345-0719 or on Facebook.