Winter garden color in a place like Michigan? I have better odds of getting to the Grammys and out-singing Adele. But it’s a nice time of year to read Marie Iannotti‘s intriguing article on About.com on 6 tips to get more garden color and keeping it longer. Here they are:

1. Deadheading: removing spent blossoms.
2. Shearing: shear back the plant by 1/3 or more.
3. Step Pruning: pruning plants in 3 sections.
4. Re-seeding: many favorite annuals will self-sow.
5. Feeding: a more intense fertilizer strategy.
6. Cheat a Bit and Mix in Colorful Foliage: Aha!

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