January 2011 Issue
Picking plants with fragrance in mind can help you beat the winter blues.
Ohio in January — the short days can darken our mood, and long periods inside make us long for sunshine and the flowers of spring. The once-pleasant scent of a burning fire is losing its appeal, and even our food seems less tasty, with the term fresh meaning nothing more than another round of soup as we try to keep warm.
If you’ve spent enough winters in Ohio, chances are you’ve experienced this short-term sensory deprivation. Yet the good news is, with a little effort this year can be different. Planting an indoor fragrant garden may be the first step toward a January that reawakens your senses and cures your wintertime blues. To help you get started, we’ve asked Andrea Schepmann, the general manager of Cincinnati’s Krohn Conservatory, to identify plants that are easy to grow indoors and are available on the market in bloom to provide instant color and fragrances that will make any winter-weary spirit soar. To read more, click here to subscribe >>