Gosh I was first! how did that happen? My garden is a mix of evergreens and deciduous plants so the leaf shapes and bare branches mix together to add winter character. We also have a winter flowering cherry that keeps hope alive even in the snow.
I have large rocks, a built up pond area, higher than surrounding flower beds. All this is surrounded by large Spruce trees, Dogwood shrubs, & Flowering Crab trees. I have the solar powered lights lining paths. Very beautiful when all is covered with freshly fallen snow.
Since ornamental grasses aren't supposed to be trimmed down until Feb or March, they stay as is in my landscape throughout the winter. I think they offer some of the prettiest winter sites like when the "brooms" catch the sun in the morning or when they have a bit of snow on them - which is rare around DFW, but it happens! :)
I really don't have much in the way of features...
I used to have some stuff, but had to take it down when something "grew legs" and I didn't want other stuff to do the same...
It's a shame isn't it?
Where I am, most of the trees, etc have lost their leaves.
I have stuff on my enclosed deck, but it's not viewable from the street (except for my Huge evergreen that's 60' tall). I have a large cement owl (about 150 lbs), and other garden furniture, but otherwise - nothing.
I have sculpture and living here in the Pacific NW you can't help but have evergreen as in conifers. My dh built me a wonderful iron gazebo which has roses trained to the posts. I have a lovely little rock grotto built for my mother by my dad but brought to our farm many many years ago as we sold the farm where I grew up. I have different fencings and hedges. Being on the farm I have more than average room.
All of the above for me. I have beautiful evergreens and most of my deciduous trees have beautiful barks which show wonderfully in the winter sun. I let the berries dry on my bushes so they look nice until the birds finish them off. I leave most of my perennial foliage in the fall: lychnis, sedum, rudbeckia, euchinacea, sage, and grasses to name but a few make a luvly show in snow or no snow. I have sculpture, benches and stone steppers which keep interest alive. I add things that sparkle at Christmas time but have learned to only do this in containers unless you want a permanent sparkly garden (oops).
We have a split rail fence around the yard, a red branched tree (ornamental plum I think), a red twig dogwood and snowdrifts with perennials sticking up through them. I don't cut them down because they help hold the snow cover in place. Day by day changes keep it interesting, but winter is too long anyway.
If I perfect my weather transporter (well why not! they did it on Star Trek in the 70s!) will you all please send me snow? We are very much into the dry, brown dead look for winters here lately and it's really dull. Thanks muchly. ps MaryE winter is not too long, it's just the perfect time to do a walkabout to plan next years additions and work up the budget to blow before the tulips finish pss Its also the time of the sparkly winter garden fairys. They bring joy to others. I like to try to pretend to be one.
I have tall Ponderosa pines that are lovely year round, also lots of rocks, in fact, more rock than soil, and cotoneaster and junipers that are red and green this time of the year. In the back I have a cast iron chicken and a cast iron turtle.
I live in Alaska, and like others of you that live in snow country, I voted "other". I gather pussywillow branches when they are in season and tack them in bunches to the posts on my 36 ft. covered porch. I feed hundreds of wild birds year round, but especially during our long winters. The birds love to perch on them as well as pick at the pussybuds, and it gives me places to hang my suet filled pine cones. They dress up the porch, plus bring beautiful color by way of my wonderful feathered friends.
I have several kinds on grasses for lots of winter interest, also a dwarf Blue Spruce, a weeping evergreen tree that I call "COUSIN IT", a viburnam and a Kousa Dogwood both with lots of berries, and a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick with contorted branches. They all look good in the snow for the winter.
18 days. Winter solistice. The sun returns from hangning with the upside down people. (Hello friends in summer ) It's a time of great feasting and dances of joy when we begin to plan our seeding and the 'Wakening of the Dahlias'. Work with me CountryGardens! It's just such an obvious end to the time of the cold and the dark! Note now is the time to ensure that your maintain your daily requirements from the chocolate food group as you need to store up energy for the dancing.
Well I had to vote other to ! the sun is shining but is really cold here in southwestern In. No snow thank goodness but time will tell. I have nothing either that is exciting as most of what I have out is very young yet.
Hey! palmbob jsut want to ask are those monterous things aloe of some kind or what? Very Interesting. I wish I lived where I could have something like that to look at all year !!!!!!!!
I wish I could grow things outside like palmbob does, but my winter interest is watching the birds eating the seed and the squirrls trying to hide the sunflower seeds, which means I'm going to have volunteers in the spring :) But then again I have my work and charity knitting and all those things that I have underlights :)
I put other because I switch my plants that can't take the heat to the outside during the winter, and bring in the ones that might take a chill if we get frost. So I have interesting things but what is around changes. I have some plants that flower year round outside (beaugainvilla, Stigmaphyllon ciliatum - the real butterfly vine, hibiscus - sporadic flowers, Queens wreath vine, miniature roses) I have brugmansia cutting that are rooting that I will bring inside when the night time temps drop below 50. I have a brug planted this last spring that is budding now (either Inca sun or noid white - granddaughter removed tags and I can't remember which is which). My crazy Moringa tree is still blossoming and setting seeds. I leave the berries on the Heavenly Bamboo because they're so bright red and pretty. Too bad I broke my camera when I broke my foot this last summer. Well, Christmas is almost here and I told my DH I really want to find a camera under that tree...
I have lots of rocks for winter interest, bird houses and my ice plants and scabiosa bloom all year since they are planted in a southern exposure. We get some snow, but thankfully it is mostly on the mts. all around us so I get great views of it snowing without having to shovel. I love the fall leaves and Fire thorn berries. http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltdiva/3067929065/
I wish somebody would give ME some winter interest. I just try not looking out the window until it's over. (sigh)
Anyway, I guess the first 3. We have a pretty arch at the entrance to the rose garden and several nice pillars here and there. There is a good grouping of large boulders in one garden. They are backed up by several evergreens (blue spruce and juniper). We have evergreens in several other places on the property as well.