Expectation of Spring
Magnolia trees should also be valued for their contribution to the winter garden. By February and March, the buds become a showy feature, although not often considered. While the season of Magnolia bloom is fleeting, the buildup in the months before is one of the great pleasures of the changing seasons. Like ornamental grasses in winter, the effect is magnified if the light shines through the branches. Each fuzzy bud picks up a halo of silver.