Welcome Stick Season: In Praise of Beautiful Bark & Colorful Twigs
Cornus sericea : Fire in Ice
In New England, winter is often referred to as stick season. Itâ€™s not a term of endearment. November, December, January and February are long, dark months, and by March we are truly longing for the green leaves that wonâ€™t appear â€˜til May. Six months is a long time to live without color and for this reason alone, planning a winter garden is important.
Betula papyrifera: Chalky White Beauty from a Distance and Peachy Peels Up Close
Why do so many gardeners overlook this long season when planning and planting in springtime? My guess is that by May, when garden centers finally open, itâ€™s just impossible for for twigs to compete with flowers! Perhaps anticipating the distraction will provide incentive to design a four season garden in January!
The Backlit Beauty of Acer griseumâ€™s Auburn Curls
Feeling bit of mid-winter cabin fever? Travel back to my winter garden design posts â€”such as this one from last yearâ€” for a little insiration, then take a stroll around your yard with a camera in hand. Now come back inside where itâ€™s warm, pour a hot cup of tea, and pull out your photos and a notepad. How could you add to the picture? Cornus sericea twigs for vertical red or chartreuse lines? Betula papyrifera for peeling, peachy cream scrolls or Acer griseum for curls of orange and rust? Perhaps the multicolored exfoliation of Stewartia pseudocamilla, Cornus kousa or Halesia tetraptera, among others. And remember the many flowering beauties with hidden, winter interest: Heptacodium miconioides, Hydrangea quercifolia and Physocarpus opulifolius to name a favorite few.
I Enjoy the Brilliant Bark of Cornus sericea and Cornus alba Cultivars on Garden Walks as Well as from Windows, Throughout the Winter Months
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