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Rodd Moesel: This is the season when evergreens become the “green” star of the garden for the next few months until spring.

BY RODD MOESEL Published: November 19, 2012

There are several crops that will produce color all though the winter in your garden and the star performers in Oklahoma are pansies. There are many great varieties available in lots of colors and flower sizes so you can be charmed by colorful flowering pansy faces through all the short, darker days of winter. Select nice healthy plants at your local garden center, plant them in a sunny flower bed or decorative container, water regularly and enjoy the flower show all winter and through early spring. They will give out as the season heats up in late spring and early summer next year.

We wish you a happy Thanksgiving later this week and hope you will be blessed with time and fellowship with family and friends. I am convinced that time in the garden helps keep us grounded and helps us appreciate the wonders around us.

Rodd Moesel serves on the Oklahoma Horticulture Industrial Council and the Oklahoma State University agriculture dean’s advisory committee. He is a former president of the Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers. Email garden and landscape questions to

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