When I look out the windows or even get geared up and walk around in wind, snow, sleet, rain and dark of night, not to mention cold to get a closer look at the beloved garden, it is not a sea of brown. Note: Calluna vulgaris ‘Firefly’ is one of the most colorful of the heathers. It will form a more compact and tightly branched mound if pruned yearly after blooming. I wish someone had told me about that in the beginning, this little row of three would look much better with pruning from the start while they were small. Next time…
On a side note, the opening image shows the collection of blue pots in front of the house that are now planted with Yucca filamentosa ‘Colorguard’. Originally these same pots were planted with the similar but not nearly as beautiful Yucca filamentosa ‘Golden Sword’, shown here in a similar shot from one year ago, January 11, 2012. It hurt, both physically as well as emotionally to dig out perfectly healthy specimens and replace them with more expensive and smaller plants, but it was for the betterment of the winter garden. I gave the Golden Swords to offspring Semi, where they are resting comfortably on her dry hillside.
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
This post would like to be considered as part of Pam at Digging’s Foliage Followup, featuring leaves after the flower show of Carol’s Bloom Day.