How to make your garden work in winter
• Changes of level in the planting add interest. At Tuin de Villa, a mounded planting bed was constructed using spare soil from digging out the pond. • Focal points such as sculptures, arbours and arches draw the eye and are crucial when the muted shades of midwinter place all the emphasis on structure. • Use simple, crisp topiary shapes, such as cubes of yew nestled on a lawn or globes of box regularly spaced along a path, as these will provide contrast with the organic lines of neighbouring trees and shrubs. • Grasses should be chosen for the ability of their seedheads to withstand winter as well as their overall shape, from the airy flowerspikes of Molinia caerulea ‘Heidebraut’ to the tactile panicles of Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’. • Leave sturdy furniture outside throughout the year to provide a useful ‘full stop’ at the end of a grass path.