“Aesthetics of decay” might sound like an exhibit at a modern art museum. But seasoned gardeners know there is something special about how a garden returns to itself in the winter. In the South, this merely means that gardens rest for a moment to catch their breath before boomeranging back to life in the spring. As December dawns in the garden, we reach the opening act of a show we need to be observant and patient to appreciate. Don’t worry—spring ephemerals will soon be under foot. For now, as the weather cools, take a minute to appreciate plants in their winter form.
The first frost transforms the garden
As the moisture in the atmosphere contacts a surface with a temperature below 32°F, frost is formed. In…
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