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Perennials for Winter Wow

winter garden plants with Sensible Gardening

Fall clean up is an important part of garden tending. Messy, fallen over perennials need to be cut down, finished annuals should be removed and weeds should continue to be pulled and controlled. There are some plants however that are best left alone. I call these my winter garden plants as they give interest to your otherwise barren winter garden.

Shrubs and trees give substance to the garden in winter, especially evergreens. Strong, sturdy stemmed perennials left standing will not only supply food and protection for birds and insects, but will add height and structure to your garden over the winter season. These perennials will add colour to your winter garden as well in shades of brown, black, copper, tan and silver. Seed heads can be very decorative and the stems and branches are beautiful when edged with frost or snow.

Winter Garden Plants

Perennials for Winter Interest:

Asters / Chelone / Joy Pye Weed / Miscanthus Grass / Rudbeckia / Sedum spectabile / Astilbe / Globe Thistle / Sea Hollies / Liatris / Calamagrostis Grass / Echinacea

The larger SEDUMS look great covered in snow. They remind me of muffin tops. With nice rounded tops the birds perch right on top of the seed heads for dinner.

Winter garden plants with Sensible Gardening

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES in the winter are hard to beat and are probably your best investment for an attractive winter garden. Some grasses are stronger stemmed than others and can withstand the harsh winds and snow of winter. The Miscanthus group generally hold up well.  Covered with frost or a light snow they are magical. A very heavy wet snow can bring them to their knees, unfortunately.

Winter garden plants with Sensible Gardening

Both ECHINACEA AND GLOBE THISTLE produce stunning seed heads which will last all winter long. With or without snow they look great.

Winter garden plants with Sensible Gardening

Winter garden plants with Sensible Gardening

Perennial seed heads left on can be very decorative. Of course they are also an excellent supply of food for winter birds.

Winter garden plants with Sensible Gardening

Winter garden plants with Sensible Gardening

Large seed heads give colour to your winter garden.

Winter garden plants with Sensible Gardening

Winter garden plants with Sensible Gardening

Flat topped seed heads gather up frost and look aglow when the sun shines.

Winter garden plants with Sensible Gardening

In warmer gardening zones BAMBOO tipped with a fine layer of frost is beautiful.

Winter garden plants with Sensible Gardening

With some smart planting and planning, your garden can continue to look great straight through the winter months. The gardener gets to relax and dream of next seasons plantings.

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About Lynne Cherot

It's been a life time of gardening and many years of working in the nursery trade, but now I enjoy exploring and creating in my own gardens and farm fields . I'm passionate about gardening and work alongside my husband who takes care of our apiary. Bees & flowers make a great team! Hopefully by sharing my garden knowledge, your gardening will be easier and more enjoyable.
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