We need to support our favorite nurseries year-round so that they'll be open and well-stocked next spring when we really need them! Believe me, there's plenty of reason to hang out in nurseries this time of year, and not just because of special events like the charming camel who will put in an appearance at Swansons over the holidays.
There are always new plants to drool over and dream about, like this ebony-foliaged daphne (Daphne x Houtteana). Update: Horticulturist Riz Reyes weighed in on this plant after reading this post, and here's his expert words about this beautiful new plant: "Sadly, Daphne x houtteana is a poor garden plant. It's excellent as a container specimen by itself or amongst other companions, but this variety doesn't last long in the garden for most people. It's semi-evergreen, not all that fragrant, and looks leggy for most of the year." Still, it'd be a great foliage plant in a container ..perhaps treat it like a Hebe 'Amy' or other pretty little shrubs you can never be too sure about their life expectancy.....
The repeated lavender tones in this beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion) fluffed out with pale Japanese forest grass and ornamental cabbages, is sure to inspire some winter potting.
How about a display of rosemary contrasting clipped and loose forms? Few evergreen shrubs look so good in winter, and the strongly aromatic foliage is a cold-weather treat.
Best of all, you can always find a satisfying plant fix or two - it was this gorgeous pairing of the new apricot/bronze Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' played off the variegated Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow' that gave me the pleasure of spinning springtime on a cold, blustery November afternoon.