The January Garden

A beautiful combination:
Chinese paper bush and Bloodtwig dogwood.

I noticed this arresting pair in front of McMenamins Chapel pub. In midwinter most gardens are looking so dull and sodden that anything pretty really stands out. But if there’s nothing inspiring in your garden right now, don’t despair — take action! There are so many wonderful colors and textures and blooms to raise the spirits this time of year. And scents too. But one must plan for them, because it’s easy to forget about these plants in the spring and fall when there are so many distractions. Here are my other current favorites:

Winter honeysuckle
Box honeysuckle ‘Baggesens Gold’
Camellia ‘Winter Snowman’
Autumn cherry (Prunus subhirtella)

Some of the more useful plants that grow in cold weather and look fresh now:
Golden bamboo
Cardoon
Cover crops of course, crimson clover and fava in particular

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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