By Kim Charles

The new Rock Garden, added last spring, going through it first winter.

Kevin Kelly creates four season focus for year round enjoyment.

"Happy New Year to everyone. My garden is coming up on 20 years old, and has seen many changes over the years as I have become a better gardener. One of my garden goals is to create a four season garden, so every winter, I walk through the garden, taking photos, and evaluating the winter landscape. This is a great time to see the structure of the garden. Conifers are in their glory. I have managed to squeeze 131 conifers into my 0.44 acre landscape. I also value ornamental grasses and perennials with strong stems and seedpods this time of year. The winter garden has its own value, and keeps me going until March when Hellebores and Galanthus waken with their blooms. Hope you enjoy. Kevin Kelly."

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Pinus bungeana

Miscanthus sinensus 'Little Kitten'. Pinus strobus, Ilex crenata 'Helleri'

Ilex opaca 'Maryland Dwarf' (native prostrate spreading holly)

Pinus mugo "Aurea', backdrop Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'

Helleborus and Epimedium

Backyard, which is very shallow, only 30 feet from the backdoor to the property.

Conifors frame the path to the door. Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' provides structure to pull us forward.

The front bed changes each year with new bulbs and annuals. Winter interest provided by: Abies concolor 'Wintergold', Pinus strobus 'Westin Elf', Picea omorika 'Nana', Pinus densiflora 'Vibrant', and the weeping Japanese maple.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Lemon Twist, Carex, Acorus minimus around my garden shed.

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