With winter settling in here in the North, it’s time to curl up with a good gardening magazine and dream and plan a bit for your 2016 garden. The January/February issue of Northern Gardener has an abundance of ideas and information for your next garden.
The cover, with a photo from Jenny Pansing, shows a gorgeous hepatica in bloom. Hepatica is one of several “game changer” plants that Meleah Maynard recommends. These plants bloom early or late and can add a month or more to your gardening season.
The issue also includes a profile of the garden of Barb Misgen of Duluth. Barb’s property is rocky, and she leaves no stone un-dug, creating paths, a river of stone, garden edging and other stone features that enhance her lovely plants with texture and heft. I’m so glad Margaret Haapoja, our northern Minnesota correspondent, introduced us to Barb and her garden.
This issue also includes lots of practical advice for your garden, including reviews of the best of the seed starting equipment from Susy Morris, plans and plants for a small pollinator garden from Beth Stetenfeld and an introduction to a great berry option for the North—the honeyberry—from Laura Schwarz.