You don’t have to put your whole garden to bed for the winter. There are some plants that will continue to flower late into the fall – some all winter long!
Vinca minors stay green all winter long. They bloom late in the fall and early in the spring. My frugal tip is to go buy these flowers, as well as spring bulbs, on the day of the first snow when all of the stores and nurseries mark them 75% – 90% off. I store them in the garage until the snow melts. Once the ground warms enough to dig in it, I plant the annuals and bulbs. They have plenty of time to adjust before the next snow and the bulbs will still bloom on time, even if you plant them a couple of weeks late. You can also save the bulbs and force them for Easter and Mother’s Day gifts.