Winter Garden Gallery
Late November and December are generally drab times in Northwest gardens with most plants dormant. This is the rainy season on the west side, replenishing soil moisture for the next growing season. By January some of the winter-flowering shrubs are beginning to get going, including the fragrant Witchhazels, Sarcococca, and Dawn Viburnum. Early bulbs are often blooming in February. Snow cover in Northwest gardens is variable, with some years seeing several inches and others almost none.