The Winter Garden
First in a series on the gardens of our 2020 Bloomin’ Backyards Garden Tour.
In the dead of winter, does your garden look, well, dead? Have all those annuals gone to seed, the perennials gone down, and you’re left with a damp mess in the backyard?
Let us introduce you to Master Gardener Sara’s garden, one of six unique backyard gardens on the Bloomin’ Backyards Garden Tour scheduled for May 17, 2020. Sara has forgone the flowery show of annuals for a garden of mostly evergreen woody plants and trees with color and texture to spare. Bonus: these showstoppers are much easier to maintain than flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow.
Like the fall colors on the east coast, Sara’s garden comes to life in winter as madrones display their twisty red branches, berries appear, and conifers are contrasted against the reds and oranges of tupelo, barberry, viburnum, and smoke bush. For more information on her garden, visit her blog at www.formandfoliage.net.
Blues and greens are beautiful in winter’s fogs, shadows, and low light. The dark green, turquoise, and lime colors of woody plants and trees form a calm but varied background to more firey varieties.
Sculptures also add interest. You’ll see them on the garden tour—a turquoise ball, a wind chime catching the light. Carefully selected rocks are also on display in the plant beds, and water features delight both eyes and ears.
Come to the Bloomin’ Backyards on May 17 and be inspired by Sara’s expansive garden, an education in landscape design, with hundreds of plants, some rare and all beautiful. Her garden occupies approximately four of her 33 acres, and includes many outdoor “rooms,” each with its own character and aesthetic, showing off Sara’s love of form and foliage.
The tour will include demonstrations on how to create form and foliage in your garden design, grow succulents, set up rock gardens, grow conifers, and plant and stake trees. There will also be a plant sale where you may buy many of the succulents found in Sara’s garden.
So don’t spend another dreary winter with dead plants, faded foliage, and a mess of fallen leaves. Spruce it up with spruces and other luscious woody plants and trees. Then enjoy your garden all year round, even in the winter months.