Our homes would not be complete without a few classic holiday plants such as poinsettias and Christmas cactuses. However, did you know these beautiful plants have been decorating homes for the holidays since the 1800s?
In the fall, many trees like the maple and oak put on a showy, colorful palette for North Georgians to enjoy, but we cannot forget the beautiful evergreens that retain their leaves and needles throughout the year.
A "cornucopia" of plant life blesses the northeast area of the state as fall winds down and the beautiful colors of the trees and shrubs fade away. Then we can anxiously see the many ornamental trees and shrubs that will reveal their showy clusters of brightly colored berries, painting the landscape just in time for the upcoming holiday season.
Everyone loves plant color in the winter when everything else in the landscape seems to have browned and gone into dormancy. Therefore, now is the time to plant pansies like the pros and get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground for next year.
Seed saving is an old practice. In days gone by, farmers and gardeners saved their prized heirloom seeds and valued them as treasures worth holding onto every year to year. As the gardening season comes to a close and fall approaches, consider saving some of those phenomenal seeds from your vegetable garden and flowering perennials and annual beds.