The March/April issue of Northern Gardener is now available and it’s all about spring–just what we need on a day when the landscape looks positively Arctic with the wind and fresh snow. Debbie Lonnee, Northern Gardener’s horticulture editor, wrote the cover story on new annuals for 2008. Debbie recommends a half dozen great newer annuals, including a blue Salvia (Cathedral series) and a lime-green beefsteak plant (Iresine ‘Blazin’ Lime’). In another feature, Mike Heger of Ambergate Gardens in Chaska recommends 10 native plants that he thinks more gardeners should plant. If you are not a subscriber, you can find the issue at independent bookstores, Barnes and Noble, and Lund’s and Byerly’s stores.