Hardy winter plants, Valentine's Day gifts from Chris Olsen

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Landscapes and planters can start to look drab in the winter. But no fear, Chris is here!

He'sshows youcolorful winter hardy plants on this Home & Garden Wednesday. Plus he shares some great Valentine's Day gifts.

Hardy Winter Plants

I don't know about some of you, but this time of year my landscape and some of my containers look drab. No fear, Chris is here!!! There are several different varieties of winter hardy plants that not only thrive in the winter but give color in one form or another. One of my favorites is the Lenten Rose. This plant comes is so many colors and varieties. You have your chose of white, green, pink, to deep burgundy. They are hardy and bloom all winter. But do not forget about the evergreen coral bells. They to come in an assortment of colors from lime green to deep rich purple foliage. They grow like a hosta in semi-shade.

Don't forget about using plants like variegated ivy and even green ivy. Also the silver white hues of dusty miller makes this plant a wonderful winter choice as well. We think of it as an annual but in the South it is an perennial for the most part.

Valentine Delights

Score major brownie points with that perfect Valentine gift. Sure you can buy cut flowers, but something different and unique will give a lasting impression. What about giving candy in a metal heart shape tin so that when the candy is gone, you have a heart box that will last for years to come? Why not collect an assortment of different little items and then wrap them all in one box. I like to find several different hearts, some glass, some metal, and some ceramic, place them all in one box and then fill the box with heart shaped candy. What a thoughtful gift! Don't forget that you can also give a live plant in a funky pot. This will last for weeks to come. Let Chris show you how to put romance into your life.....simple and easy....


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