Sending my best thoughts and good health to everyone. Since things have really shifted in our everyday world, it is important to get out and enjoy your own personal garden as the wonder of spring gradually unfolds. Sending some bulb images from my garden to provide some inspiration and lightness to your day!
Witch Hazels ‘Hamamelis x intermedia’ is one of the first shrubs to bloom in the late winter. They boldly push through snow and chilly nights to send out exquisite and unexpected blooms when you least expect it.
Growers are producing beautiful new cultivars like this that dazzle the garden color palette in late winter. The added feature of having an alluring fragrance makes them even more enticing. Site selection is important as these shrubs can get quite large. Witch hazels are impressive when backlit by the western sun surrounded by a grove of evergreens.
Witch hazel ‘Ruby Glow’ — bewitching vivid red color makes a dramatic statement in the late winter garden
Witch hazel ‘Sweet sunshine’ — soft and pale yellow with delicately fragrant flowers
A new Japanese selection ‘Shibamichi Red’ — a real standout against the grey light in late winter
Witch hazel ‘Barmstedt Gold’ — bold golden flowers that really stand out in the winter garden
Witch hazel ‘Birgit’ — strong purple-red colors with feathery flowers that cascade downward
No garden should be without Witch hazel. It blooms so early and continues to flower for 4-6 weeks in very late winter.
‘Arnold’s Promise’ an easy to find variety of witch hazel, planting along a woodland border makes it really stand out
‘Amethyst’ a totally mesmerizing color in the world of witch hazels, delicately unforgettable
Magnolia leaves with gold and ivory accents in an antique pot
Framing a front entrance with roping that is wrapped in white lights — pots are more dramatic when the lighting is hidden at the base of the evergreens, soft illumination glows at night
Two Topiary trees flank the steps to a bluestone patio
Boxwood topiary is embellished around the base of a large pot with multicolored evergreens and red sparkleberry
Creating a large wreath with many different evergreens, accented with sparkleberry NE native holly
A concrete container with sparkleberry/gold chamaecyparis and holly
These containers with tall evergreens provide privacy — they will work nicely for enclosing this patio all winter.
Changing a container from Autumn colors to Holiday colors
Building several layers of evergreens while adding vertical interest
White bows complement the white vertical stems and pinecones or
A gold bow adds a nice contrast with the red berries making this doorway very inviting.
Make it simple – combine tulips, dwarf daffodils and alliums for a 3 month display of color this spring.
To create an interesting color scheme, mark off different areas with spray chalk prior to planting bulbs.
Be generous with bulb planting – stingy planting won’t give you the show your garden deserves.
Pretreat tulilps with spray detterents such as deer repellents and “Plantskydd.”
To deter critters from eating your bulbs, sprinkle the tulip and crocus beds with cayenne pepper and garlic flakes.
August weather can be a challenge—it’s too hot, humid—and rain is not dependable. Needless to say, who wants to drag a hose around everyday sometimes morning and evenings too. So don’t despair, I am including some perennials that can stand up to some pretty difficult conditions and still make your garden seem alive and thriving. Late Summer perennials have bold and intense colorings that will provide a nice infusion of energy into your garden. (Click on the photos below for more details.)