The Fabric of Winter

Colors will be subdued, to be sure, but the winter details in a garden need not be drab and dull. The textures of many plants, dormant or dried, are handsome and worthy of special consideration for winter beauty. 

And many are the objects you can add to provide interest points along a winter garden path.

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Subtlety is the characteristic of a winter garden. The gray-green of a dormant lawn beside the blue-gray of some border plants such as the lamb’s ear (Stachys), or the red-gray foliage of faded coral bells, creates a pleasing color experience on a dreary winter day.

The dark green, or blue or red-green in some varieties, of ground-hugging juniper, provides a fine foil for the yellow-green of dried euphorbia as it creeps up a garden slope. The orange-brown of a dried clump of Siberian iris, with its sturdy flower stalks and twisted leaf blades, becomes a bold accent in a garden.

Vinca minor, perhaps half brown as well as half green in a stern climate, is all lustrous in the slanting winter sun.

An Evergreen Background

The bare gray stems and stalks of many plants seem less barren if they are juxtaposed against the lush evergreen of pine or spruce. The charm of an espaliered peach tree against a shaded wall can be an important esthetic experience on a dreary day in February.

Textural additions of a manmade sort, tastefully chosen and placed, come into sharp focus as -the sun moves south, and will be supremely appreciated in the scarcity of other attractions.

Take time this season to study the winter possibilities of shadows, colors, and forms you might include to make yours a truly year-round garden.

44659 by Lorraine Burgess