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The Garden In Winter

January 24th, 2018

I’ve been thinking more and more about the garden winter. As I look around outside, I notice things that add structure and interest to make the garden shine in this dormant season. My two favorite things this winter are the trellises I left in the garden (usually I take them in) and the ornamental grass.

Both are adding much needed interest in the winter landscape. The boxwood hedge out front adds some, not as much as the one around the garden will when it’s filled in and trimmed to neat boxes. Overall, the winters get better and better as I add things specifically for interest in the winter months. Even small things like pruning a shrub or small tree in a very specific way can add some much needed interest in the dead of winter.

What’s one of your favorite ways to add winter interest in the garden?

2 Comments to “The Garden In Winter”
  1. Joan on January 24, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Every year I tell myself that I’m going to go find some wild red osier dogwood to dig up and transplant into my yard, but then I never get around to it! I love the big buds on my star magnolia, and as I walk through the woods I notice the swelling buds on the beech and red maple trees. While I don’t have much of interest in my own garden, nature provides a lot of it for me!

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  2. bonnie knox on January 25, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I especially like the pic of the snow on the ornamental grass seed heads.
    In my yard, the standouts in winter are the evergreens–a triplet of osmanthus Fortunei shrubs, a volunteer Eastern red cedar that I pruned into a topiary–and tree barks. When I look out my window, I see the brown and cream sycamore bark against the evergreens, and I see the cinnamon color of the crepe myrtle bark.

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