Garden Photo of the Day

Winter Garden Beauty

A variety of wintery views

trees in winter

I mentioned recently that we get fewer GPOD submissions in the winter—and you all came through! Lots of different people sent in beautiful shots of their winter gardens, so today I thought I’d share a group of them. We gardeners sure do complain about winter, but sometimes it is the most beautiful time of the year.

A statue in a snowy gardenJason sent in this beautiful image of a garden statue draped in snow. Shrubs and garden art become the heart of the garden during the snowy months.

A lavender plant behind a small pineAnother shot from Jason shows a pine backed up by a lavender (Lavandula, Zones 5–8) plant. Conifers like pines are, of course, winter-interest MVPs, but they often look great through the winter, and the leaves are just as fragrant, no matter the time of year.

Trees in the snowMJ Heller from Ohio shared this photo with the thought, “Even on a cold day, we can be comforted with the entwined embrace of a tree.”

Garden with shrubs and steps covered with snowLaura Kaiser of New Milford, Connecticut, shared this shot of a corner of her garden in the snow.

A garden art and trees edged in frostFrom Kathleen Kuphal comes this beautiful image of a garden torii dusted in hoarfrost. Torii are classic Japanese gates, typically found at the entrance of Shinto shrines to signal the transition to a sacred space.

A sunrise as seen through the bare branches of a tree

And from Caroline Blais comes an image of an incredible sunrise seen through the trees, over a chicken coop. Winter has the best sunrises; they are later in the day, so most of us are awake by then, and the leaves are off the trees, so there is less to obstruct your view. In addition, each winter sunrise promises that we are one day closer to spring!


Have a garden you’d like to share?

Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!

To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.

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  1. Rebeccazone7 01/21/2021

    The sunrise shot was breathtaking. The quietness of the snow covered garden is a reminder that winter is a time of rest and rejuvenation.

  2. garden1953 01/21/2021

    All beautiful!

  3. PattyLouise 01/21/2021

    Gorgeous photos! Love the snow covered steps & gate! Beautiful grounds!

  4. alicefleurkens 01/21/2021

    Beautiful pictures. . Beautiful sky. I can almost smell the lavender. Love the black and white too. Alice

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    simplesue 01/21/2021

    I had to google "hoarfrost" and learned something new!
    Loved this collection of people's winter photos, each of them inspiring and beautiful to me...refreshing to see another winter view of a garden besides my own.
    Hoping Fine Gardening does this kind of winter garden post again!

  6. btucker9675 01/21/2021

    Love these photos!! Although people think I'm crazy, I miss snow since we've moved to North Carolina where we get only little dustings a few times during the "winter." I often revisit the photos and videos of my garden in northern NJ to satisfy my snow yearnings. Thanks to all who submitted these beauties!

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    treasuresmom 01/21/2021

    Thank you to all who shared. These pics are lovely.

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