Today’s photos come from Melina Mantey. We’ve visited her garden before (Making a Cottage Garden) in warmer times of the year, but today we’re seeing how she keeps it beautiful and interesting through the winter.
It’s been a long winter in the Pacific Northwest. I think we recorded rain on 28 out of the 31 days in January. Since my garden plays such an active and ongoing role in my healing from PTSD, the winter is always a bit of a challenge for me. The rain and early evenings make it difficult to spend any significant amount of time outside, so I have worked really hard over the past couple of years to add year-round color and texture to my garden beds that I can at least see from my house. Although the physical part of gardening is really the best for “garden therapy,” being able to see pops of color and texture in all seasons is a huge boost, especially on those cloudy, gray days. Each year I feel better about the evergreens I have added to my landscape, but as any gardener does in the winter, I am already plotting what to add in this upcoming year to give it even more depth next winter. However, in the meantime, here is a peak at what I am looking at through my rain-splashed windows this year. As you will see, conifers, hellebores, sedum, and grasses play a huge role in keeping my landscape going this time of year.
These ferns and heucheras hold their foliage through the winter, providing interest through the gray months of the year.
Hellebores (Helleborus hybrid, Zones 5–9) are the quintessential winter bloomers, providing flowers when little else is blooming. New breeding and hybrids are expanding the range of option in this great group of plants.
Leaving ornamental grasses standing through the winter keeps interest in the garden.
Hens-and-chicks (Sempervivium, Zones 4–8) are not only beautiful all winter, but they usually take on their brightest colors during cold weather.
More hellebores in bloom.
Wide view of the garden.
Hens-and-chicks nearly glowing in its winter color.
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