Winter Gardening: Dressing up for the holidays
As I write this the first of winter’s snow is in the forecast. When you are as committed to landscape design and installation as we are, winter gardening means a shift in the day-to-day, for sure. So what is a gardener to do when the leaves are down and snow is about to blanket the landscape for 3 or 4 months? Here are some ideas for winter gardening.
Winter Gardening Starts with Containers
Don’t ignore the opportunity to dress up for the holidays! The eye-catching containers that have served you well all summer can be retrofitted to add a touch of glamour, fun, or a dramatic welcome to your entrances. And remember to include containers for more enjoyment of your own outdoor views of the back yard and patio. Our designers have been collecting evergreen boughs and wreaths, colorful branches of red-twig dogwood, bittersweet, holly, and curly willow, and have added embellished bits from floral design studios to combine into beautiful ornaments for the homes of our clients.
Many of our clients like to create their own containers. For them I like to recommend the book, Continuous Container Gardens by Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins. It has ideas to take you from one season to the next.
Post photos of your seasonal containers to our facebook page. We would love to see them and share them!
Force Bulbs Indoors
Winter often brings one gray day after another. Beat the blahs and add a welcome dash of color and fragrance by forcing bulbs such as amaryllis, hyacinth, narcissus, paperwhites, and Star of Bethlehem. It is easy to do and so rewarding! The shoots grow so much every day that you will be amazed. There are a number of sites to get you started. Try this one from Old House Gardens in Ann Arbor. You will soon have colorful, fragrant plants indoors. That’s winter gardening!
Think about your Wish List and Plan Next Year’s Projects
The surest way to get your project finished in time to enjoy it all summer is to start early, plan ahead, and get it on the schedule. Our design team works every winter with clients to design their new favorite spot in the landscape. How about you?
- Do you have an outdoor space you can retreat to?
- Do you have enough space to entertain?
- Does your space reflect your current lifestyle and your taste?
- One of the trends we noticed this past year was, of course, the outdoor room, but many clients have added a smaller, more intimate just-for-two morning coffee/evening conversation space.
What can we design for you?