Looking back at winter for spring planning

What is your winter garden telling you about its overall design?  Using Witch Hazel, Hellebores and other winter blooming plants bring color and depth while the bare deciduous plantings and wetter weather expose the core of your landscape plan for you to scrutinize.  Use this time to assess how your landscape design is working. How did it look during the winter months? Are there things that did not work the way you hoped or features that you would add? The final weeks of winter are the best time to incorporate any lessons learned from this winter into a landscape plan. Things to take note of include:


  • Screening and privacy: Did you have the coverage you wanted when deciduous trees loose their leaves?
  • Circulation: Are pathways and patios in the best location? Is it easy to walk the entire garden and keep your feet dry?
  • Structure: Are garden focal points and plant groupings positioned for views from inside the house too?
  • Winter color: Do perennial borders need something additional for dormant season interest? Would evergreen color and texture add depth?
  • Outdoor living: Did you have sufficient covered space for being outside on wetter or colder days?

You don’t need to wait for spring to start thinking about your seasonal transition or about your longer range plans for your garden.


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