Narcissus poeticus ©Cadence PurdyTrillium grandiflorum ©Rundy PurdyGaywings (Polygala paucifolia) ©Cadence PurdyNarcissus 'Vernal Prince' ©Kathy PurdyPink Lady's Slippers (Cypripridium acaule) ©Kathy PurdyDandelion (Taraxacum officinale) ©Justin PurdySpring view at the old house. ©Cadence PurdyA bouquet of gaywings (Polygala paucifolia) ©Cadence PurdyVirginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) ©Kathy PurdyBlue flax (Linum perenne) ©Cadence PurdyApple blossoms at the old house. ©Rundy Purdy

Welcome to Cold Climate Gardening

I’m so glad to have you visit! If you are looking for help gardening in a challenging cold or short-season climate, you’ve come to the right place! Gardening in a cold climate isn’t more difficult than growing in other climates, as long as you grow plants suited to the climate and the soil. We’ve got pages of information–check out the menus above, browse the archives, or take advantage of the search box in the sidebar to the right. I’m Kathy Purdy, and I do most of the writing here, and we also have some excellent guest authors. We’d love to hear from you in the comments or the contact page.

What Placeholder Plants Can Do For You

When I finally grasped the concept of placeholder plants, it changed my life. Well, what I mean is, it reduced my garden maintenance load and I enjoyed my garden more, with less work. Not precisely life-changing, but definitely life-improving. A placeholder plant is a garden-worthy plant that you happen to have a lot of, which [...]