How to make your gar­den work in win­ter

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - TRAVEL -

• 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.

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