House Works: Spring Plantings

It just doesn't seem like spring yet. Our recent weather makes it a little hard to think about gardening.

But in this House Works, Luann Finke of Finke Gardens and Nursery introduces us to some plants that can survive the cold. And that's just what we need so far this year.

Many of you may have winter interest on your front porch, but Luann Finke says bring some color into your life with plants that can take the cold. Luann says some plants can take cold and wind, and we can fall back on pansies.

Try the "cool wave" pansy for something different. It will spill over the pot, and these plants can last into the summer and fall.

Another option is the osteo daisy called "voltage." It can take heat and cold. Petunias will take the cold we have right now as well.

Luann suggests using a plant pie, a shallow container, but it's important to pop the plants out of the pie, and put it into the container. Recharge your soil, raise up the soil, and then work with color to match your front porch.

Brightness is wonderful. If you have a strong color concept with pillows or paint, you can go in that direction.

For more on Finke Gardens and Nursery, click here.

About the Author...
Taryn Vanderford
Taryn Vanderford is an Emmy-winning journalist who currently works on "First at Four", "Pure Nebraska" and "Moms Everyday" for 10/11 and Gray Television.
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