Gardening in the Ozarks


A Winter Winner

This remarkable plant is 'Aurea' Himalayan Golden Cedar (Cedrus deodara 'Aurea'), one of the most beautiful of all conifers and much beloved for its elegant, stately habit and the golden yellow coloration of its needles in spring and early summer, which turn yellow-green in autumn. It prefers full sun, grows to 35 feet tall and 15 feet wide,and with good growth can be spectacular in the landscape. One of the most colorful attractions in winter gardens and landscapes, we've just added it to our special section on the beautiful Winter Garden in the Springfield Botanical Gardens in Springfield, Missouri, more of which you can see 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 purpose? 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) The first goal--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.

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