Winter Garden Inspiration

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Prepare your garden for nature’s coldest season, and enjoy the wintery views while you take a break from digging in the dirt.

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There’s no need to wait till spring for a garden bursting with bright, colorful flowers.

Winter-Blooming Shrubs for the Northwest

There’s no need to wait till spring for a garden bursting with bright, colorful flowers.

With the bones of the landscape laid bare, it’s easier to see opportunities for design, color, and year-round structure.

5 Ways to Boost Your Winter Garden in the Northeast

With the bones of the landscape laid bare, it’s easier to see opportunities for design, color, and year-round structure.

Understandably, we might initially be looking at trees for their potential for shade, screening, flowers, colorful foliage, fall color, or other characteristics, but the value of interesting bark shouldn’t be forgotten.

Ornamental Bark on Deciduous Trees in the Midwest

Understandably, we might initially be looking at trees for their potential for shade, screening, flowers, colorful foliage, fall color, or other characteristics, but the value of interesting bark shouldn’t be forgotten.

With the bones of the landscape laid bare, it’s easier to see opportunities for design, color, and year-round structure.

5 Ways to Boost Your Winter Garden in the Northeast

With the bones of the landscape laid bare, it’s easier to see opportunities for design, color, and year-round structure.

The foliage of hardy cyclamen (left) and ivy-leaved cyclamen (right) vary significantly from variety to variety. This hardy cyclamen is from the silver-leaved group, a group of cultivars with light foliage that looks like it’s dusted in frost.

Northwest: January Garden To-Do List

The foliage of hardy cyclamen (left) and ivy-leaved cyclamen (right) vary significantly from variety to variety. This hardy cyclamen is from the silver-leaved group, a group of cultivars with light foliage that looks like it’s dusted in frost.

Textured, colorful branches radiate winter interest long after the last leaves fall.

Ornamental Bark on Deciduous Trees in the Midwest

Textured, colorful branches radiate winter interest long after the last leaves fall.

Clean up old foliage before hellebores begin to bloom.

Southeast: January Garden To-Do List

Clean up old foliage before hellebores begin to bloom.

Birds that spend the winter in our area need water as well as food. Invest in a heated birdbath, and be sure to keep it filled.

Mid-Atlantic: January Garden To-Do List - FineGardening

Birds that spend the winter in our area need water as well as food. Invest in a heated birdbath, and be sure to keep it filled.

Yes, this time of year can be a sad one for gardeners, but there is still a lot of beauty and gardening joy to be experienced even in the depths of winter.

Favorite Winter Gardens from Garden Photo of the Day - FineGardening

Yes, this time of year can be a sad one for gardeners, but there is still a lot of beauty and gardening joy to be experienced even in the depths of winter.

Rabbits and the like can easily walk on top of hardened snow or hop over a snowed-in fence and chew up anything above the snow line, including your winter protection materials.
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Northern Plains: January Garden To-Do List

Rabbits and the like can easily walk on top of hardened snow or hop over a snowed-in fence and chew up anything above the snow line, including your winter protection materials.

Snow is a hassle when you have to shovel it, but it’s a gift to our gardens, providing an insulating blanket that protects roots and crowns from extreme cold and rapid freeze-and-thaw cycles.

Mid-Atlantic: January Garden To-Do List - FineGardening

Snow is a hassle when you have to shovel it, but it’s a gift to our gardens, providing an insulating blanket that protects roots and crowns from extreme cold and rapid freeze-and-thaw cycles.

Snow cover is a bonus that provides a blank canvas for your imagination as well as insulation for your plants.

Northeast: January Garden To-Do List - FineGardening

Snow cover is a bonus that provides a blank canvas for your imagination as well as insulation for your plants.

We hope these posts will inspire you to enjoy your winter garden even more, and to look closely at and enjoy the beauty to be had during this dark, cold time of year.

Favorite Winter Gardens from Garden Photo of the Day - FineGardening

We hope these posts will inspire you to enjoy your winter garden even more, and to look closely at and enjoy the beauty to be had during this dark, cold time of year.

Hardy cyclamen can bloom even when there’s still snow on the ground.

Northwest: January Garden To-Do List

Hardy cyclamen can bloom even when there’s still snow on the ground.

Japanese beautyberry ‘Heavy Berry’ (Callicarpa japonica ‘Heavy Berry’, Zones 5–8) is well named. The berries are indeed beautiful, and the production of them is HEAVY. I saw this specimen at Norfolk Botanic Gardens and was just blown away.

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Japanese beautyberry ‘Heavy Berry’ (Callicarpa japonica ‘Heavy Berry’, Zones 5–8) is well named. The berries are indeed beautiful, and the production of them is HEAVY. I saw this specimen at Norfolk Botanic Gardens and was just blown away.

A well-pruned clematis is cut back to 2 to 3 feet above ground level.

Northern California: January Garden To-Do List

A well-pruned clematis is cut back to 2 to 3 feet above ground level.