Winter is a very good time to plan the "foundation" of the landscape. While gazing out my window on a cold winter's day a few years ago I came up with the idea for this crab orchard walkway. It replaced an old cement pathway leading up to the front doorway that had lost its charm and did not have as many curves as the new updated version. The new walkway gives a little element of surprise as it winds around the garden bends on the way to the front door.
Our stone walkway is surrounded by evergreen shrubs and sedges along with clusters of yellow, purple and pink perennials that bloom in the spring. On the right there is a Weeping White Birch and down a way is a Weeping White Pine along with more evergreen shrubs.
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Montgomery Globe Spruce is a dwarf conifer that grows only to two to three feet in diameter and keeps its vibrant silvery-blue color all year round. There are so many beautiful evergreens that are not at all green that can be brought into the garden.
Some of the other evergreens that I enjoy are Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar, Weeping White Pine, Gold Spot Euonymus and Boxwood 'Wintergem' (pictured here). I also have a special affection for my Picea orientalis 'Skyland' Yellow Oriental Spruce (first photograph above front left) and Golden Hinoki Cypress (first photograph above front right). Their golden hue is even more prominent in winter.
The berry producing plants such as holly, viburnum and this Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) are interesting at this time of year and the foliage stays evergreen as well. I have had this Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream' for many years now and it just keeps getting more interesting year after year.
Here in the backyard along my patio is a Weeping Pussy Willow along with Gold Mop Cypress, Blue Star Juniper, 'Repandens' Spreading Yew and Barberry. The crab orchard stone path leads from the patio to the back lawn. In the summertime I like to sit out on my patio and gaze at this particular part of the garden. For now I'll just dream about the peony, daylilies and purple salvia that will emerge in spring but at least there are my evergreens.
It wouldn't be the same if garden gal wasn't in the picture so here she is enjoying her mondo grass planter.
I found Garden gal in the local nursery years ago and she has been my whimsey in the garden ever since. When I was about five I wore a hat just like hers and probably carried the basket of flowers to match. She reminds me of myself...always a gardener at heart.
Pictured here is our pool covered up for winter and surrounding gardens. Again just the "bare bones" but the evergreens give something to look at through the back window. I have a feeling that it won't be long now until this poolscape is covered in snow since the temperatures are dropping.
The back perennial garden sleeps. When April arrives there will be various blooming bulbs including crocus, tulips and hyancinths. Perennials such as coral bells, daylilies and balloon flower along with ornamental grasses and evergreens will emerge later on.
Here the 'Star' Magnolia is forming its soft white flower buds for spring...
and the graceful Weeping Japanese Maple is showing its artistic framework...
Much thanks to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens for another Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. I hope you have enjoyed my January garden. Please be sure to stop by and visit our hostess for more January blooms around the world. As always...Happy Gardening!
One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. ~W.E. Johns