January is an exciting time of year in the garden because it gives us the opportunity to look at the “bare bones” of your outdoor space.  This basic structure is important in how your garden will look, and function, come spring and summer.  During January, all the leaves have been picked up and removed, new pine straw or mulch has been laid and everything is clean and neat.  Holes in the landscape stand out, and you can imagine the perfect spot for that patio or other garden feature that will tie everything together.  January and into February is the ideal time to add or change things in the garden.  Installing plants in the winter gives them plenty of time to acclimate to their new home prior to the hot, humid weather of summer.