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Tree Schemes In The Winter Garden

Tree Schemes In The Winter Garden

The importance of trees in winter garden design can easily be overlooked. In summer they are part of the scene, making masses of leafy growth, but in winter, when the bare branches are revealed, they often have a majestic beauty.

Trees need to be looked after as much as small plants to give their best. The best trees have either colored stems or create wonderful silhouettes against the light. Mature trees might well need thinning at some stage if they are to be effective. Lopping off branches lets light get to the ground, where there are bulbs, and also makes sure that the tree has an open, striking outline. It is also important to make sure that any twiggy growth sprouting out of the base of the trunk is removed, giving a clean look.

Potted Plants For Fall And Winter Seasons

Potted Plants For Fall And Winter Seasons

Potted plants make wonderful additions to the garden right through the year… and even in winter. With a small army of pots of various sizes tucked away in the garden shed or behind the garage or barn, you can create a moveable garden of potted plants for each season. These portable gardens get their start ‘out back’ somewhere, where they wait backstage for their grand entrance when it’s ‘curtain call’ time for them.

The key to success in these seasonal potted gardens is planning and timing. Make your plans on paper for the varieties of plants you want to display for colder seasons, then plant ahead so those particular plants will be ready for display in conjunction with their season.

Fall Colors Of Flowers, Foliage And Berries

Fall Colors Of Flowers, Foliage And Berries

Foliage and berries are the obvious source of color in the fall garden but there are still plenty of brightly colored flowers to be appreciated at this time of year. If you intersperse them carefully among the earlier flowering plants, they will come into their own when the others are over. Many are tall, so put them at the back of the border and stake them early.

The Japanese maples are outstanding for fall color and there is a good choice. Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’ is a very small pretty tree at any time of year. It has an attractive shape, the leaves are individually enchanting and the fall foliage is a lovely orange-yellow. Amelanchier lamarckii again has interest for much more of the year than just fall with snowy-white flowers in spring and coppery young foliage, which turns a rich red in fall.

Exotic Plants For Your Landscape

Exotic Plants For Your Landscape

Exotic plants for pots can be placed in the garden during summer, but really need the protection of a greenhouse or conservatory during the winter.

The cannas are exotic in both form and flower. Canna indica has banana-like leaves, grows to about 1,5 m (5 ft) and has bright red and yellow flowers in summer. C. indiflora is bigger and good for summer bedding or for pots. It has shocking pink flowers and will grow 3 m (10 ft) in a year. C.’Purpurea’ is a purple-leaved form with orange flowers. Cannas are best dug up in fall and stored under a bench for the winter, then planted out again in spring.