Today we’re visiting Nancy Sarpola’s garden in its winter garb.
Hi GPOD folks, I have sent you several batches of photos of our quarter-acre Oregon hillside garden over the years. (Check out those posts here.) This batch was taken the end of December. The light is muted, and so are the colors this time of year, but there is still some quiet beauty.
This photo shows winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum, Zones 6–11) in bloom with variegated Daphne odora ‘Maejima’ (Zones 7–9) in front of it. Winter jasmine blooms off and on all winter here except when it gets really cold.
Looking up the stone steps. There are dried grasses to the right and a Pieris japonica (Zones 5–9) with rosy buds that will bloom in March.
Looking toward the birdhouse in the cherry tree in late December. On the hillside are dried hydrangea blooms and the blue-gray foliage of melianthus (Melianthus major, Zones 7–12), which is often killed to the ground in winter but has survived so far this year. Behind that is a bright, variegated Euonymus.
This picture shows Bergenia cordifolia (Zones 3–8) with its leaves turning glossy red in winter and picking up the color of the rosy Pieris japonica buds behind them.
The sun came out for a couple of hours, and I got a photo of the Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ (Zones 7–9) in bloom overhead on the arbor.
The last picture shows the stems of a young shrubby dogwood (Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’, Zones 4–7) backed by an evergreen Osmanthus.
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