Dale Dailey shared these images of his garden in the winter.
The first of December in central Michigan and the garden is still giving back. This morning I walked around our garden and found, despite the recent freezing weather and snow, several beautiful settings. Our alpine garden has several plants that deal with the cold very well.
Opuntia imbricata var. arborescens ‘White Tower’ (Zones 5–10). This cactus had an amazing vertical tower, but it collapsed late in the season.
Opuntia humifosa (prickly pear, Zones 4–10)
Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ (Zones 5–10)
There is still some brilliant foliage very much alive even after weeks of freezing weather and snow. Cyclamen hederifolium (ivy-leaved cyclamen, Zones 5–8) blooms in the fall and then produces these patterned leaves that stay up all winter before going dormant again in the spring.
Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis, Zones 4–8) are best loved for their late winter/early spring flowers, but their foliage can put up a pretty good display in the winter as well. In the rear is a dwarf concolor fir (Abies concolor ‘Compacta’, Zones 3–7).
The leaves are gone, but the berries from a burning bush (Euonymus alatus, Zones 4–9) provide a beautiful backdrop for our peace pole.
Winter is a great time to examine the barks of our trees, especially this paperbark maple (Acer griseum, Zones 4–8).
And finally, even the hardscape of the garden seems more beautiful in a wet, snowy setting. So my suggestion is to stop dreaming about spring. Go outside and enjoy your garden today.
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