This is a houseplant in Chicago that is summered outdoors -Hibiscus !
This is an annual in Chicago-Vinca
Roses bloom year round here
I'm in a small rental cottage that doesn't have much of a garden probably due to a lot of upkeep that the owner's can't manage. There's a lot of natural beauty in the live Oaks, majestic palms, hollies laden with berries, Azaleas, grapefruit , orange and apricot trees.
I can only dream what I would do if I lived here year 'round. I'd need a lot of acreage because I would want a large orchard of fruits and berries and a huge vegetable garden to grow my own organic produce.
Now go visit Carol at Maydreamsgardens and let her know what you've got blooming in your neck of the woods.