I have a confession to make. We are a very crop driven family. Our approach is "keep shade to a minimum so that the fruits can ripe". This is why our garden is mostly composed of two categories of plants: perennials as they produce no shade and fruit bearing trees and shrubs. This arrangement worked well in summer but had a major drawback in winter. For the cold months of the year our garden was missing winter interest and appeal. Luckily, many of the corp bearing shrubs planted in our garden turned out to have winter interest. Therefore, by adding only a few winter interest shrubs (read this post on how to choose them), we were able to create a garden that is interesting even during the winter. In this post I will share with you 9 winter interest shrubs that grow in our garden. I have also included three shrubs that grow well in our climate, but that we don't grow in our garden. (more…)
The design posts contain tips on how to establish a garden and keep it decorative all year round. The garden design posts are easy to read for beginner gardeners and provide hands-on instructions on how to quickly make a beautiful garden. I will provide well known garden design tips and suggestions based on my own experience.