Continuing with the theme that began here, the Fairegarden is still chock full o’ goodness. A weedy vine produces vivid fruit for the feathered friends.
Containers with seasonal plantings, like the standing wire trough filled with violas, parsley, kale and red mustard delight eyes and taste buds through the winter. In the coldest moments, these plants will hunker down for self protection, but when the warmth returns some will shine with renewed vigor.
Berries and seedheads step to center stage now. Rosa ‘Cadenza’ is helping to cover the appalling chain link.
Feeding the soul and the critters is a priority here. The eye has been trained to embrace the colorlessness of Echinacea purpurea and Japanese Bloodless grass.
Even after the windblown fronds of the northern maidenhair fern, Adiantum pedatum have lost all substance, the black wiry stems will remain in contrast to the verdant moss in the trough.
Steadfast and staunch in the face of frost, the Euphorbias hold the fort of winter interest. E. ‘Ascot Rainbow’ and E. ‘Blackbird’ are dependably erect, while E. ‘Chameleon’ bobs and weaves ala The Champ.
Yuccas and the stringy but sturdy Salvia greggiis add substantive support in the battle against winter drabness. Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegta’ and S. greggii ‘Desert Blaze’ make good bedfellows.
Her Royal Pinkness reigns still, the frost bringing sparkle to her complexion. Muhlenbergia capillaris is the Queen Supreme along the driveway.
The loss of foliage and some color reveals the real jewels of the garden. A sweet mockingbird braves the cold wind to greet the morning sun.