One of several good reasons for NOT cutting down all your perennials in the fall is the winter interest they provide. I always wanted a four-season garden; it's taken me a few years of thoughtful planting to achieve my desire. With shrubs, miniature trees, evergreens, and allowing perennials to stand, many early December days were especially beautiful this year. We haven't had a measurable snowfall as yet in the Poconos, but there were frequent dustings of snow and ice that made my garden sparkle. Walk with me and I'll show you what I mean:
|Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) not only look lovely in snow but also the seeds are prized by goldfinches|
|Snow-covered Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) peeping through the fence|
I don't remove hydrangea flowers until spring arrives....
|Top and right: Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky' Left: Climbing hydrangea|
I leave interesting seeds on some shrubs such as calycanthus:
|The seedpods of Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus)|
Grasses covered in snow are always interesting. When frozen, my large miscanthus spread out like a giant spider.
|Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'|
The miniature trees around the pond: weeping cherry tree, cutleaf Japanese maple, weeping spruce, and weeping redbud, are beautiful in the snow.
|One of the miniature trees near the pond: Weeping cherry (Prunus x 'Snofozam')|
Evergreen shrubs and trees are a must for providing interest in the winter months. Many years ago, Duane planted about a hundred white pine trees through the woodland walk.
|White pine trees covered in snow canopy the Woodland Walk|
|He planted a small white pine more recently. It is thriving.|
|Evergreen shrubs, English boxwood, flank the 'naked lady' (the grandchildren's name for the statue.)|
|We put most of the statuary indoors for the winter, but this angel has not been moved from the pine tree for about 12 years.|
Of the two red twig dogwoods that I planted this year, the one in the horseshoe garden has the best color. I don't know why the stems of the other one are so black.
|Arctic fire™ red twig dogwood (Cornus stolonifera 'Farrow') in the Horseshoe Garden|
Not all of my shrubs look attractive this season -- some I wrapped with burlap fabric to protect them from the frequent cold winds that we are experiencing.
|Shrubs wrapped with burlap|
I have shown you just a few of the plants in my gardens that look interesting this season. I hope I've given you some ideas for making yours a four-season garden.
While I don't have blooms this month, I am enjoying the birds that visit the feeder and the heated water dish. Providing food, water, and shelter is even more important knowing that bird populations are decreasing.
|Top: Blue jay. Bottom right: Tufted titmouse. Left: Downy Woodpecker|
Duane provides many places for the birds to find shelter. He maintains a dozen or more bird houses. Here are four of them:
|Charm, the miniature horse and Billy, the old goat, snooze in the sun. Doodles the younger goat keeps alert in case food appears.|
Although I am not showing any blooms today, I am linking with the lovely Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Carol has beautiful flowers indoors and good advice for caring for poinsettias. I have a few indoor blooms. Next time ...
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