The Garden: Four-Color Flora

The gardens of Dedham. Mass., lay under eight inches of snow last week, and tillers of the soil in Lake Forest, 111., boarded their commuter trains in a below-zero blast off Lake Michigan. From South Carolina to Northern California, flowerbeds were bare, ruined choirs, strawberry patches frozen stiff as a Birds Eye package. But beside a million open fires and upturned thermostats roses bloomed, shrubs sprang into leaf, fruit trees and tomato vines burgeoned with succulence. It is Catalogue Time.

First Ever. The annual efflorescence of four-color printing is aimed at every...