Triad -- Obviously, prime garden season is coming to a close. Still, there are some of us who just can't get enough. Never fear, there are some things that will grow all winter- and some will even bring flowers.
Pansies and violas are the usual winter suspects. Many people choose pansies since they have much bigger flowers. Don't rule the violas out. They do have smaller flowers but they are also a little more hardy. They can tolerate more shade and after a cold snap, they will bounce back faster. They also have more flowers. Overall, it may look like more color because of that.
There are also some non-flowering plants that will last all year. Coral Bells can be many different colors- from purple to chartreuse. They add a different kind of color to the garden.
There are even vegetables you can harvest in the winter. You'll have to wait until next year on the tomatoes and fresh green beans but there are several leafy greens to chose from. Collards and kale are two. Here is a link to the extension office to tell you all about fall planting.