Winter interest can be obtained, but it will take research and effort, wanting it is not the same as making it happen. But it is possible, even where there is reliable snow cover. It begins with taking note of things that remain pleasing to the eye after the cold has sucked away the life from leaf and flower. Look around your garden and think about what looks good to you. If you can’t find anything there, go on a road trip, drive around your neighborhood or go visit public parks, arboretums, fancy housing developments that have been professionally landscaped. Go out into the countryside and really look at the wilderness created by Nature.
There will be few, if any flowers blooming, but there can still be dried seedheads full of beauty. Look for bright berries of any size, shape or hue. Look at bare branches that might be colorful or graceful.
Notice the conifers and broadleaf evergreens. Buds of promise for next spring can be appreciated now and in the future, as well.
Hardscape and hedges, pathways and walls, they all contribute to the grand design of an attractive winter garden. Empty containers turned upside down, posts with weatherproof toppers, birdfeeders and birdhouses, they all add up to winter enchantment, snow covered or bare. You can do it. You can make it happen. We believe in you. Onward.
The How To Have Winter Interest series of posts:
How To Have Winter Interest With Non Green Evergreens
How To Have Winter Interest -Garden Grasses
How To Have Winter Interest-Seeing Green
How To Have Winter Interest-Shrubs Small And Large
How To Have Winter Interest-The Big Guys
How To Have Winter Interest-Hardscape