Winter Interest

31 01 2008

red twigged dogwood

January and February are often a time of planning for gardeners as there’s not much else you can do in the garden at this point. If your sitting down with graph paper and pencil try to remember winter. I know it’s hard, your ready for spring with it’s Tulips and Violets. But when the snows back you won’t regret it. Native plants, such as the Red Twigged Dogwood above are often perfect choices. They were made for this weather. Even something as simple as the seed head from a long gone coneflower can add an element of interest. There are several good non-native choices as well, hydrangeas and ornamental grasses for instance. Need further encouragement? Click here.

Include specimens for birds to sit on or pick seeds off of for additional entertainment. Also, try to resist cutting down perennials in the fall to add to the landscape. Unless they are vigorous seed spreaders it won’t hurt to leave them until spring when your dying to get into the garden anyway.

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5 responses

31 01 2008
jen s

in the last few years, i’ve stopped cutting my perennials – i do agree, the coneflowers are nice to leave up for the winder. it gives the backyard a little more personality amongst the snow and dog-doo. but i am looking forward to seeing if the bulbs i got at jean’s wedding pop up this spring, or if the squirrels managed to dig them up…

31 01 2008
jen s

ooops, i meant “winter”. but if i had a cold, it would be “winder”.

31 01 2008
threesneakybugs

This is my first dog-doo free winter. Although I miss her, I’ve gotta say my yard does look a lot nicer. As for spring, I’m a bad, bad friend. Jean’s bulbs are still sitting on a shelf in my dining room!

31 01 2008
jen s

i didn’t plant my bulbs until late, late fall… who knows…

really great article in the ny times today, called A Landscape in Winter, Dying Heroically: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/garden/31piet.html

31 01 2008
threesneakybugs

Mr. Oudolf sounds like my kind of guy.

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