Add Winter Garden Interest

Winter is coming and for those of us who plant multi-seasonal gardens, the garden show continues with some of our favorites about to take center stage.   If you find yourself in the need of a new blast of color this year, there are some easy ways to do so that won’t break the bank.  

Introduce new shrubs that will add colorful stems to your landscape. One of my favorites is the Yellow Twig Dogwood for its display of the most beautiful shade of gold in winter.

Display colorful containers.  Add additional winter interest in unique and eye-catching containers in garden areas that may look barren during winter.  Also add colorful containers in strategic areas that will enhance your winter landscape views from your home.  

Add Garden Accents.  While one of my favorite garden accents is a nice colorful shrub, think about adding a plant with colorful berries, such as Nandina.  A metal sculpture, such as the penguin we sent to my in-laws in Los Angeles,  can introduce some whimsical fun, while adding a new focal point.

 

 

GardenWise on Winter Garden Preparation

Winter Gardens

Well, we’ve had our first snow storm for the 2010/2011 season!   The snow came  early this year, so it’s important for all gardeners to prepare their flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants for winter if you haven’t already done so.    

Many plants can be  vulnerable to our chilly and snowy winter season, so take the necessary steps to protect them to ensure a healthy spring and summer blooming season next year. It’s  important to carefully look at the various trees, shrubs, bushes, flowers and other plants that make up your landscape to determine the care they will need.

The feeding, fertilization, watering and care of each plant will vary, so it’s  important to give each plant what it needs now to prepare for winter.  Some plants will need to be pruned to create even borders in the snow, while others will need a healthy dose of fertilization to survive the winter.

Proper fall garden preparation can lessen the work necessary in the spring, and will cut down on the cost considerably.  It can also make your garden a year-round source of inspiration. 

Check out some beautiful winter gardens we’ve designed over the past few seasons