16 Nov '11, 1pm

How to turn your garden into a winter wonderland: Don't forget to feed the birds!

How to turn your garden into a winter wonderland: Don't forget to feed the birds!

The winter palette isn’t supposed to be the mad jamboree of colours that belongs to summer – it’s at its best as a cool composition of whites and greens, interspersed with patches of blood red. The best way to ensure your garden looks good all year is to plant a lot of evergreens. The most striking are topiarised evergreens, such as box and yew. Clipped into low symmetrical hedging, box (Buxus sempervirens ) can provide border edging or (if you’re feeling ambitious), a ‘knot garden’ in which the tiny hedges weave and criss-cross to form a geometric pattern. Yew (Taxus baccata ) on the other hand looks best trained into large shapes, such as pyramids, peacocks or boules. If you want your garden to really look like a winter wonderland, don’t forget to plant the odd fir. Conifers are often associated with the 1980s and thought to scale immense heights but while many do get ri...

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