26 Dec '11, 10am

Winter Gardens Require a Special Kind of Gardening Knowledge

Winter Gardens Require a Special Kind of Gardening Knowledge

Winter gardens are best seen from the window on a winter's day. They take a special kind of planning and planting. As one garden writer said "Dilettante gardeners love the spring and summer, real gardeners also love the winter." England provides the perfect opportunity for this special kind of gardening because it doesn't snow too deeply in most places and there are lots of cold and clear days. Potters Fields , this award winning park, was designed by Piet Oudolf. Its sweeping expanse of grass, whispering trees, quiet walkways and colourful herbaceous garden are a perfect example of his style. It works in all seasons. Bonnie Alter/CC BY 2.0 There several components to the successful winter garden. Strong vertical elements : hedges, walls and trees are key and remain the same each season of the year. But since there is little colour in winter, these elements become more imp...

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