This time of year when you can catch a sunny dry day, it's great to know exactly what to focus on when the weather is acting in your favor.  With sunny days a little few and far between right now, getting out in the garden on those milder days can help you make it to spring.

backyard

Don't get bummed out because winter is here. True, you might not be outdoors getting your hands dirty in your backyard garden, but indoor gardening and houseplants can be just as fulfilling. It is, however, indoors and therefore acts a little differently than outdoor gardening. Plus, it's winter, too.

topside view of a bromeliad

I don't know about you, but after all the festivities of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year are over, there's a bit of an empty feeling in the house. The joyful lights and songs give way to the normal rhythms of everyday life. So what do with that big empty space where the Christmas tree once stood? One suggestion may even tie into a certain New Years resolution to live healthier in 2019: houseplants! Now is a great time to usher in the freshness of the New Year with houseplants. They provide so many health benefits!

plants

In 2017, the average amount of money spent on home and garden supplies was $503 per household. We love growing plants and cultivating backyard gardening ecosystems that are a point of pride. Human beings, however, are eternally guilty of being unfailingly shortsighted. Despite what we may think, our gardens don't flourish merely by way of our presumably green thumbs. There are innumerable unseen entities at work that make your garden the thriving crop that it is.

green thumb

The holidays will be here before you know it, but it's not too late to get the perfect present for the resident gardener in your life. As of 2017, nearly 117.6 million Americans gardened over the last year. Anyone who has a green thumb will love any of the ideas in this gift guide -- and you might even want to pick up one of these gifts for yourself, too.

plants and succulents

Older generations still dominate gardening participation at 35%, but younger generations are building interest at a rapid rate. One thing that's been attracting younger generations to garden centers is plant parenting. Yes, you heard us correctly, becoming plants parents.

Stop by any Al's Garden & Home to find unique gifts that are sure to delight!

Sometimes gardeners just simply forget how much beauty can be achieved in the winter garden. As annuals and deciduous plants die back, they give way to glorious conifers and other winter beauties that rely on texture and fall colors to maximize the winter interest in your garden.

Here are few of Al's favorite conifers that fill that spot in your yard:

Last July, we took a look at the wondrous tropic garden created by Al's manager Peter Eastman. If you were inspired to plant some tropical red bananas of your own, we’d like to show you how they can be overwintered and survive the cold. Believe it or not, you can store and overwinter your bananas in the protection of a cool dry basement or garage, and then bring them out and replant them the following spring.

Now that most of the leaves have fallen and the landscape turns to winter hues, it's always nice to see a little blooming color. The lovely camellia with their peony like flowers and ruffled edges, can add a welcomed pop of color to your winter garden.