...we may be in the throes of winter in the Ozarks, but we're greatly warmed by the realization that this beautiful flower will be up and thriving in *less than two months.* Its name was a mystery to us until Sandra Parrill of Joplin, Missouri, informed us that it's the dwarf iris, Iris histrioides "Katharine Hodgkin'. This picture was taken on March 14, 2013. Note: If you'd like to see more beautiful spring treats to come, simply click here.
Welcome to OzarksGardens.com, a website about gardeners, gardening, and nature in the Ozarks region of the United States, especially in the towns and countryside around Springfield, Missouri.
Our goal? Simply to share gardening news, tips, wit, and wisdom, and help everyone in the Ozarks and similar climates find the best plants for our gardens.
QUESTION: What's the best way to use this website?
It's easy. OzarksGardens.com has three simple goals:
1) to help folks find plants for their gardens that really thrive in the Ozarks and to provide some tips on how to grow them. Every plant that appears here does beautifully in our region and all similar climates.
2) to give a richer, broader, clearer picture of gardening in our region;
3) to have some fun.
You can browse here at your leisure or do searches--a search for "hosta," for example, will turn up a great many varieties, and you can search for plant characteristics such as colors or types. The search engine isn't perfect; like gardening, it can return some odd results, but most will be useful.
The best approach to the website is to relax, take your time, and enjoy whatever you find here. And you don't have to see everything in one visit; you can always come back when you have more time. We'll still be here.
That said, the links at left lead to lots of discoveries. And don't miss Today's Notes.