For most of us winter takes up about 1/4 of our gardening year. That’s a long time for the garden not to be looking it’s best. A well planted and accessorized garden however will look great even in the depths of the winter season. We often talk about the beauty of the human form as having good bone structure, such as high cheekbones. The same applies to your garden, give it some good bones to start with, add a few finishing touches and your garden will sail through winter looking beautiful. If you are in a snow zone, all the better. A covering of snow takes a good winter garden into a great winter garden.
When choosing your specimen shrubs and trees pick those with good, strong branching as opposed to those with messy tangles of branches. Horizontal branching is ideal. Once the leaves are gone, all you see is the branching structure of the shrub so make sure it can stand on it’s own.
Have a good mix of deciduous and evergreens. The evergreens will hold your garden together over the winter. There is vast selection of evergreen material to pick from and use it liberally.
When you add ornamentation or structures to your garden you add interest and design. These look good in all seasons, and create attractive focal points in the off season. Many are enhanced with a snow fall.
Choose a few perennials that look good standing tall over the winter. While you probably cut down some of your perennials in the fall, leave these upright. Ornamental grasses are particularly effective for this purpose. Some of your perennials will also have ornamental seed heads to spruce up your winter garden.
Grow bushes and vines that bear berries. Bright red or orange berries along a naked, icy branch are very attractive. You will be helping the birds out as well as they feed on the berries.
So, what do you think? Can the winter garden be spectacular too!! I think so:)