Garden Beauty…even in Winter?

Yes, here on the West Coast, with our very mild winters, we can maintain beautiful gardens. In fact, we can even have flowers throughout most of the winter. Right now, in my own gardens, I have the lovely flowers of the Mahonia. They are not only striking, visually, but they are also fragrant! But the main beauties in our gardens, throughout the winter, starting in late January, are the Hellebores. They are some of the most impressive flowers, anytime, but are especially appreciated when they are almost the only stars in the garden. Below are a few that I had put in my front planters last year. They continued to grow and bloom until April!  This year I have put them in my front gardens and some are budding up already.