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Winter Interest

March 6th, 2018

One of the things I love about hydrangeas is the winter interest they add to the garden. The dried blossoms look great throughout the winter, though this time of year they’re starting to snap off and tumbleweed across the yard during wind storms.

These are ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas that look fantastic in the summer. You can see the echo of their summer glory.


None of my other hydrangeas have any dried blooms left, they are all planted in areas that get quite a bit of wind. Only these bushes planted up against the house get enough protection.

Hopefully, as hedges grow and windbreaks are planted more and more of them will retain blooms throughout the winter to add some much needed interest in the garden.

What’s your favorite shrub for winter interest in the garden?

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