Beans of all types make wonderful companion plants and additions to the vegetable garden because the plant roots add nitrogen (fertilizer) to soil. Grow beans in your crop rotation in a spot that will host fertilizer-hungry veggies (corn, garlic) the next. Good bean companions: cole crops (broccoli, Brussels sprouts), cabbage, kale, cucumber, chard, peas, radish, strawberry. Do not plant with onion family members (chives, garlic, onion, leek), sunflowers.
In regions with mild winters, Lenten roses or hellebores make striking holiday houseplants that can be tucked into the garden after the holiday. The Gold Collection (Helleborus x ballardiae) features upward facing flowers that open from winter to early spring. Merlin Lenten rose opens pale pink blooms that deepen in color as they mature, shifting to rose and deep cranberry.