Monday, February 4, 2013

What Do You Want From Your Garden In Winter?

From reading other blogs and seeing posts on Facebook, I know that for some of us spring won't be here soon enough.  In the past I usually wanted to fast forward to spring, just for the daylight alone. I even used a calendar to track the extra minutes up until daylight savings started.

But, this year I felt like putting the brakes on the urge to skip winter and move into spring. Instead I'm trying to remind myself of the benefits winter has to offer - and to just slow down.

In my last post I'd found a photo of an apple tree in winter with a deer below it. To me, that tree is an "All-Purpose" plant. In spring and summer that tree would blossom and fruit. But in winter it serves as a visual focal point - and attracts critters.

A few garden writers have been pointing out that winter offers us a time to assess and make plans. Winter is a time to look around the yard (or deck) and ask "what is missing?" or "what's working?" It's a great time to determine what you want to see - more greenery, more color, more bloom? In my case I want to see more evergreen and less fence.

Over the years in my parents yard, we've added evergreen trees, shrubs, and a red twig dogwood. These additions have added year-round greenery, winter color, and even winter blooms. 

Here are some examples, photos via Flickr. All photos are licensed under Creative Commons

Conifers offer year round greenery
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Red twig Dogwood has vibrant color in winter
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Hellebores (Lenten Rose) have beautiful blooms during winter
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