February is an in-between time in the garden, although there are still plenty of chores to keep up with. But when the weather is cooperative, we must take the time to enjoy our gardens and landscapes. Many of the early flowering plants and shrubs are finished blooming by now, and the late winter plants have not quite started. This is when I start to look around and enjoy other aspects of plants in the garden. The bark on many trees and shrubs has some very interesting patterns and colors and can create some wonderful additions to your garden. Here are some examples that you can enjoy this winter.
The light and dark patterns on the bark of deciduous crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia spp. and cvs., Zones 6–9)…
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