I took a stroll around the garden today to capture what is blooming or otherwise eye catching. The winter garden is a subtle beauty, and every plant that gives back this season earns its place ten-fold. Its not hard to reserve spots for these winter gems.
The coppery glow of Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ is a welcome sight in January. Although not pictured, ‘Diane’ is paired with Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’, and the hazel’s rich color echoes the twiggy dogwood’s deep orange-red twigs.
Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’ greets us at the door every February. The hellebore is potted with Anemanthele lessoniana, the stems harmonizing with highlights in the grass blades.
Tsuga canadensis ‘Moonfrost’ takes on a blush glow in winter.
Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ gives the hummingbirds something to savor.
Helleborus argutifolius just about to bloom. I love this plant paired with Carex flagellifera, the copper complementing the blue foliage while the bold leaves contrast the fine grass blades. Both appreciate a sunny and dry position, so they live well together.
Helleborus x sternii ‘Blackthorn Strain’ blooming strong since January.
Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’ paired with Polystichum polyblepharum and Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’ provides an evergreen view from the kitchen window.
Helleborus argutifolius ‘Silver Lace’ harmonizes with the pot behind
And just about to burst forth is my absolute favorite winter bloomer – Corylopsis. Both C. pauciflora and C. spicata grace our garden, and I am overjoyed when they bloom each year. A riot of soft yellow blossoms bloom on bare branches and fall like confetti on the black mondo grass below. Make space for one of these in your garden – you will not be disappointed.
Finally – the promise of what is to come. So many small shoots are already poking through the soil and leaf litter reminding me that come March, I have much to do. It won’t be long before the garden is transformed once again.
Ready to unfurl like little duck feet – a leaf bud on an Itoh peony (Kopper Kettle).