Monday, January 19, 2009

I Know Where the Bones are Buried

Creating winter interest is one garden goal I have been working on for a couple of years. I want to enhance my past design efforts and add more bones, or shrubs and trees, for a more interesting winter landscape. It's hard to appreciate what I have accomplished to date when everthing is buried under a couple feet of snow.
So much for winter interest because all I see is white. This Steeds Holly usually stands about five feet tall.
In the greater Boston, MA area we have already topped our average snow fall and still have a couple months to go.
We have a lot of snow, however I’m really not complaining. I would rather know my plants are protected by a thick blanket of insulating snow than uncovered and at risk of freezing and thawing repeatedly.

I’m still working on establishing the bones in my gardens. And my bones need to grow a little to compete with the deep snow of winter.

Young Katsura Tree


  1. Right now, covered with deep snow, our gardens have a great similarity, but I am just a little jealous of thinking of your milder climate. Your photos are beautiful.

  2. When snow produces a monochrome garden, delineated by branches, you can really see the shape of the garden. When I moved to this lot, the trees were mature, but there were few shrubs to connect the top layer to the perennials on the floor. I've been working on developing that middle layer.
    I like your header photo. It's a fabulous plant for the shade, so pretty and hardy.


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