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The Real Cost of Starting a Year-Round Garden

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-03-11T15:14:17Z

Photograph by Panoramic Images

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Winter Flowers

A winter garden with an abundance of flowers is an unlikely feat. Jabbour, however, says she has grown flowers known as Johnny-jump-ups in a bed protected by mini-hoop frames during the winter. They can survive the cold though they may not flower until March when there is more sunshine. While flowers can be a beautiful addition to any garden, many varieties can also help to create a stronger garden during the warmer months, in part because of the insects they attract.

$3.45: Johnny-jump-ups, one packet of 100 seeds --
$2.75: Edible pansies, one packet of 40 seeds --