Saturday, January 31, 2015

The winter garden

In case you hadn't heard, the Northeast had a blizzard last week. Here in Philly we got a whopping one inch of snow. I was let out work early on Monday and then had off on Tuesday in anticipation of an historic storm and then...nothing. Fine by me! I didn't have to shovel, had a snow day, and the light coating still made the garden look pretty.

Four seasons of interest is something I'm verrrry slowly working on for my garden. I have a long, long way to go but there are still some things that look nice right now.

It's hard to believe that a few years ago, I hated the way Echinacea looked in the winter and cut it down for being too brown. Now, I leave the seed heads for the birds to eat and enjoy the way snow looks on them.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' that I didn't cut down in the fall as I usually do

Rosemary (and parsley) in the front yard veggie garden

My first ornamental grass, Panicum 'Ruby Ribbons'

Nandina 'Firepower'

Cornus 'Arctic Fire'. Neighbor M and I use it for Christmas decorating so it's been
pruned a lot in this picture. It's still quite large.

Helleborus x hybridus 'IForgetus'

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Cross' Compact'

As I sit here by a fire and peruse the latest issue of Fine Gardening magazine, my mind knows that we still have a couple more months of winter temperatures left, but my heart is dreaming of spring. Still, I'm tolerating it better this year when I can see bits of winter interest here and there.

What's going on in your winter garden? Any must have plants for winter interest?


  1. We got a whopping millimeter of snow! We nearly died. I have the same hellebore you do. :o)

    1. Thank goodness we both survived the snow so we can live to see the hellebore bloom!

  2. Glad you survived the big blizzard! Still no snow in my garden this year (one day we had a dusting that melted off but no real snow.) We've had mild temperatures and while spring always comes early here, this year the plants think it's already here. Ornamental plums have started blooming along with camellias and a host of other regular winter bloomers like the hellebores. One winter interest plant that I wouldn't be without is Pernettya mucronata, now known as Gaultheria mucronata. Hardy to zone 6, it's little evergreen leaves are always beautiful. White flowers in spring and summer produce gorgeous purple or white (depending on variety) berries that persist until the next crop is produced. Almost always in berry even when the flowers appear. Great plant!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Happy Valentine's Day to you.

  4. My heart is dreaming of spring too. More snow expected tomorrow. Then, ice and sleet. Good grief. I feel like I can't complain because you've had it so bad. Still, spring can't get here soon enough. Keep dreaming. ~~Dee