Choose peren­ni­als that die back beau­ti­fully

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LOOK­ING FOR­WARD to spring and sum­mer, I’ve picked peren­ni­als that flower pro­fusely for max­i­mum value, but which also re­tain their form and pro­vide in­ter­est­ing tex­tures through­out win­ter. Af­ter a clear, still, chilly night, hoar frost on leaves, flow­ers, seed­heads and stems trans­forms the plants with del­i­cate ice crys­tals, pro­duc­ing an ethe­real oth­er­world­li­ness. To make the most of this, I’ve used peren­ni­als with strong win­ter skele­tons that be­come the ar­chi­tec­tural stars of the win­ter gar­den. These in­clude Mis­cant­hus sinen­sis ‘Flamingo’, Cala­m­a­grostis brachytricha, per­ovskia ‘Blue Spire’, hy­lotele­phium ‘Herb­st­freude’ and Phlomis rus­seliana. By late win­ter, when stalks start to look scruffy, sad or un­kempt, cut back ev­ery­thing to the ground.

Phlomis rus­seliana

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