How to create interest in your garden after the plants die downWinter is like the final exam in the gardena time when you can evaluate your design and the appointments you’ve put in place. In spring and summer, lush foliage and lavish floral displays can disguise a wealth of design problems, but once the foliage falls and the flowers fade, the true structure of the garden is there to see.
1. Start with Strong Bones
Once your garden has a pleasing basic structure, you can turn your attention to garden accents. A garden accent can be anything from a special plant that’s used as a focal point, to statuary, birdbaths, birdhouses, benches, gazebos, arbors, man-made bridges and ponds.
2. Add Some Accents
Many deciduous trees and shrubs have multicolored bark that stands out dramatically in a winter landscape once the distraction and screen of leaves is gone. These include red-barked dogwood trees and the hybrid Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’.
Berry-bearing shrubs and trees are a delight in a winter landscape, too. Hollies, nandina, cotoneaster and pyracantha all hold their berries into winter.
4. Choose Some Winter Blooms
Winter can be a hard taskmaster. But with a good basic design that includes trees, shrubs and all-season grasses, accented with man-made features, such as gazebos and arbors, your garden can pass the winter final examinationpleasing the eye and promising fresh wonders in the coming spring.
For the full article, see the January 2003 issue of Log Home Living.