— Put in bulbs. Envision your yard filled with colorful crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils and tulips in a few months, and you’ll be glad to know you can still plant spring-blooming bulbs until the ground starts to freeze. Just be sure to purchase firm, large, healthy-looking bulbs, even if they’re on clearance!
— Add mums to your deck, patio or garden. Florist’s mums aren’t winter-hardy but are tidy-looking with large flowers; they’re perfect for pots. Garden mums are more wild-looking and will come back again next year; plant them in the ground as perennials.