Both the gold foliage of the Thuja occidentalis and the red stems of the Cornus are enhanced by their association. Late winter really is the time when coloured bark and evergreens show their worth. Many evergreens change their colouring in the winter, so it is important to find out what their effect will be at different times of the year before making a choice. I’m increasingly impressed by the value of evergreens in the garden, particularly when our winter (off-) season lasts four months! The change in foliage colour makes them even more attractive as features in small gardens, where they can associate differently in different seasons with a variety of other shrubs and perennials.
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When bees come to visit the earliest flowers, I know that spring is truly here. … Read More
Even the lowly (because ubiquitous) spirea can surprise you with loveliness on a blustery day in April. My main complaint is that it has too many merits, requires too little of us, which seems churlish just now, when spirea is the first shrub to leaf out most bravely. … Read More
Galanthus, more commonly: snowdrops, are one of the earliest garden pleasures in the year, often breaking through the snow long before February is over. And now in mid-March they are still looking splendidly sturdy. They are a welcome sign that spring is indeed progressing and that renewal can happen. Again. … Read More