Years ago, I went through a "winter garden" phase, purchasing and planting specimens that do their thing during the dark winter months. Since then, I've reaped the benefits. These plants are much more subtle and demand close inspection but they always make me smile. Nature is moving forward nicely. Spring will be here before we know it.
|Sarcococca ruscifolia is just about to bloom.|
|It's going to smell so delicious!|
|Helleborus foetidous is also close to blooming.|
|Signs of green are appearing.|
Allium schubertii is popping up as are a bunch of early Daffodils.
|The Cyclamen hederafolium foliage is still so fresh and gorgeous.|
|I found this rusty crow at a sale a few months ago. |
I thought it looked good perched on Lovegrass (Eragrostis elliottii 'Wind Dancer')
|This mossy log is completely obscured during the summer months but this time of year,|
when the plethora of plants are sleeping, it takes center stage.
|Baring any really cold weather, the Acanthus mollis will stay green and shiny.|
|And the Oxalis crassipes will stay green too.|
|The native sword ferns, Nandina and Acorus are also happy in winter.|
|The 'Lacinata' Kale is sill happy.|
|My Yucca filamentosa 'Ivory Tower' is having babies.|
|Finally, adding a little "artificial" green to the mix can add a nice touch.|