Dead? Not so much.
Winter interest in the garden is key to keep it "alive" during the bleakness of dormancy. Fruit, seed-pods, evergreen foliage, texture and movement is what helps to keep the garden interesting during the cold days of winter.
This is the time of year to take a long look, to ponder what can fill some holes and offer some ideas for your garden.
Here is part one of some of my favourite choices to help keep winter interest alive.
|Cornus serica "Flaviramea" - Yellow Twig Dogwood
I tend to enjoy seeing this in gardens more than the average red twig dogwoods. Grouped side by side would make a huge impact. Their yellow/green stems just say 'I'm alive', when all else is brown.
|Callicarpa dichotoma - Purple Beautyberry Bush
You don't see these coloured berries every day. What a delightful bush to plant next to an evergreen. The purple/pink berries against a back drop of green just says - "look my direction!"
More to come in part two!