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A Fresh Look

February 2nd, 2017

I love it when a fresh layer of snow falls. this is when I find myself looking over the garden, thinking about structure. The boxwood hedge around the front and side of the house is fantastic, every time I see it I am reminded that I need far more hedges and winter structure in the garden.



Boxwood is definitely a favorite of mine, partly because it’s evergreen and looks fantastic in winter. I also love that it’s so low-maintenance and so easy to propagate yourself from cuttings! Every summer I take a few cuttings to make new plants and hopefully some day new hedges. Perhaps this summer as I scale back the vegetable garden a bit, I’ll be able to start hundreds of box cuttings for future hedges.

Hydrangeas are another favorite in winter. Even though they’re not evergreen, they still provide some much needed interest in the winter garden. I find myself seeing a glimpse of their summer glory when I see the dried blossoms covered with snow.

What’s your favorite plant that adds winter interest in the garden?

One Comment to “A Fresh Look”
  1. Nebraska Dave on February 2, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Susy, no plant structure in my garden. Well, maybe the Rugosa Rose bushes by the street. I’m finding out that hedge work is a many year project if a solid hedge is wanted. This year the hedges are established enough to start transplanting root sprouts into the gaps. I have one massive bush to transplant this Spring from inside the wooden fence to a spot in the street hedge row. This will be year number four for the hedge and year number 6 for Terra Nova Gardens.

    Have a great snow white garden plant structure day.

    Nebraska Dave
    Urban Farmer
    dbentz24@gmail.com

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