Q: What can I plant in colder wintry days?

A: Welcome to a new year where we can enjoy plants and nature all around us even if the temperature is low. If recent weather events toppled trees or plants succumbed to a freeze, please do replace them. Now is still a great time to plant trees. Many groups are sharing free saplings for Arbor Day events. If needed, place a tree farther from your home to allow space to grow and be sure to keep them away from power lines, too. Consider native trees and those that are slow growing or smaller in size. They are adapted to our weather extremes. Dramatic weather events may seem commonplace, but we can lessen the bad effects by all working to plant more plants. Plants absorb rainfall, give us shade, provide health benefits, make us happy, produce food, support myriad wildlife, and so much more beyond the paramount ability of producing oxygen.

It’s also a great time to plant hardy perennials and add some cool season veggies for interest in your flower beds.

And when weather keeps you indoors, do your research. Online resources abound, with many social media groups of plant lovers locally and statewide. There you can find folks who share diverse plant interests and are very willing to share advice and plants with each other.

Suzzanne Chapman
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Suzzanne Chapman, retired botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens, promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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