Winter is upon us, and the world outside our windows has become a lot more grey and dreary. When we approach a new design, it is not at all unusual for the client to request that we include plants that will look interesting all year round. For most, their mind will automatically turn to evergreens, but there are so many more plants that can light up the winter landscape in other ways.
Few things bring a smile to my face in late winter like the sight of a clump of snowdrops popping out of the ground! They're a welcome reminder that warmer weather is just around the corner. These harbingers of spring are excellent for naturalizing in flower beds and they naturally spread by bulbs underground. Since their leaves die back to the ground by mid spring, it's easy to plant over them with summer blooming plants to keep your flower beds exciting all year long.
As the season draws to its close, it's important to wrap things up correctly in the garden to save yourself some headaches in the spring. Raking up leaves and cutting back perennials are the obvious tasks (Dreading doing it on your own? Call us to schedule a leaf removal or fall clean up!), but there's more to it than that. Today we'll go over 8 essential end-of-year tips to keep your garden healthy through the winter and leave it ready to go in the spring.
Winter aconite sometimes blooms as early as February, but it comes into its own in March as the ground thaws and other plants just start to break dormancy. It creates a lovely gold-dotted carpet under leafless trees. Like last month's featured plant, snowdrop, winter aconite is native to Europe and spread to North America because of its popularity as an ornamental plant.
For me, few things mark the arrival of spring like the colorful crocuses peeking up out of the ground. Whether planted in a container or scattered in lawns or flower beds, the bright gems of yellow, white, and purple spread cheer wherever they are found.There are many species of crocus, mostly native to an area that ranges from the Mediterranean in the west to Central Asia in the east, with a southern boundary in North Africa and a northern boundary in southern Europe.