My name is Alice Fleurkens, and I live in Sweaburg, Ontario. This year has been special because we made quite a few changes, and I can hardly wait for spring to see what things are going to look like.
This fall clematis (Clematis paniculata, Zones 4–8) is a new addition that I had never seen before until a lady showed me a picture of hers. I may just have to get another one for the back fence.
The sedums (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Zones 3–9) are always so beautiful in the fall, and I leave some all winter long for color in the garden. The bees absolutely love them. They are always swarming with honeybees, and so are the blue salvia.
Wide view of the garden in fall
My Christmas arrangements are made with free greenery. I pick up branches that people dispose of at the city yard every November.
All the different colors make the garden nice to look at in the winter
My favorite tree. I lay the big pot next to it sideways for easy storage in winter.
There is certainly nothing boring about the winter garden. But normally it would be full of snow. The beautiful rockspray cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis, Zones 5–7), full of red berries, is really the best kind to plant. It grows so gracefully over the rocks and is just loaded with beautiful red berries in winter and white flowers in spring. It also is much loved by the honeybees and bumblebees.
And the lavender also looks great all winter. We have had no snow for most of December—so strange. My husband took a picture of a flowering dandelion in our front yard on December 28.
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