End of Month View: It’s getting a bit like winter!

There is still plenty of beauty in the garden, although, it has to be said, the blooms are few and far between.

We have had our first hard frosts and a few smatterings of snow. The more delicate plants are showing the effects. The last of the Nasturtiums are finished now and the Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ is looking a bit shrivelled round the edges.

At this time of the year the evergreens really come into their own, but I have also left a few seed heads on the perennials this year and they certainly add to the general ambiance.

A wintry garden

A wintry garden

The star of the show, to my mind, is the Rudbeckia ‘Little Goldstar’. This has been flowering for months and is still valiantly producing a few blooms between the seed heads.

There are a few other plants still producing the occasional lovely flower.

There are plenty of other things providing interest at this time of the year; twigs, seeds, ferns, leaves and the few berries still left by the birds.

The best thing in the garden at the moment, though, is the promise of the spring to come. Muscari, iris and snowdrop bulbs are peeping though the ground and the Hypericum is in bud – though I do think it is a tad confused!

But for now, the evergreens rule the garden!

Skimmia japonica, Azalea 'Johanna' and Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem'

Skimmia japonica, Azalea ‘Johanna’ and Ilex crenata ‘Golden Gem’

With thanks to Helen for hosting this End of Month View


35 thoughts on “End of Month View: It’s getting a bit like winter!

    • Thanks Charlie, I have tried to plant things for winter interest, but even so parts of the garden will look a bit dead shortly. There is nothing like frost or snow to liven things up though.

  1. Wow Annette, there are some lovely combinations of foliage colours and form – very impressive designing! And still a surprising number of blooms to admire, despite the frost and snow.
    I have to say I do think of you when I see the weather forecast!

  2. Annette you have a lot of interesting items to enjoy in your garden. The golden foliage on your Ilex crenatea is attractive. I once planted several ‘Drops of Gold’ but couldn’t get them established.

  3. Rudbeckia has to be one of my favourite additions this year, although the little one has died on me. I thought it was perennial but it never come back after the last winter. Yours looks a little more robust. A beautiful tapestry of greens too. No snow here yet, just more of the infernal wet stuff.

  4. What a nice winter scene you’ve created. If it weren’t for the snow I’d think it’s still just autumn with all the color and textures, and I wouldn’t miss he blooms at all (although I wouldn’t complain about them either!)

  5. You have a lovely winter garden Annette with a wonderful combination of plants, just looked Rudbeckia ‘Little Goldstar’ up on the crocus website and have added that to my wish list, I grow ‘Goldsturm’ and some of the R.hirtas but wasn’t aware of this one. Hope any snow isn’t too disruptive for you.

    • Thanks Julie. I can certainly recommend ‘Little Goldstar’. It has performed so well and not got as leggy as the larger varieties. It didn’t need staking at all and it is two years old now.

    • Thanks Frances. The cotoneaster is looking really lovely at the moment, while it still has some red leaves and and berries. The blackbirds are gradually eating the berries though. Not bad for a plant that seeds itself all over the garden.

  6. Your garden shows just how important evergreens are, where would we be without them. You have some really beautiful combinations making a lovely tapestry. Berries and seedheads also add interest and the dying back ferns add their own beauty to the winter scene.

    • Thanks Pauline. Yes the garden would be very bare in winter without evergreens. They also act as a great foil for the flowers of summer. I am becoming more and more fond of the dark leaved ones and less of the variegated ones, though used in the right place they can really brighten up the garden.

  7. The snow did not lie here, which is a shame because I do like a light dusting of the stuff!
    Your garden is none the worse the wear for it really Annette and you seem to have got that evergreen section just right and real mixture of foliage colour and texture.

  8. This time of year shows off the structure of foliage well, doesn’t it? The photo mosaics look really effective although I thought for a moment the cotoneaster had a background of snowy sky but then realised it must be a wall! No signs of snow at home although I believe some flakes were seen when we were away in Edinburgh!

    • A snowy ski would have been lovely, but sorry it was indeed a white wall. The mosaics are a great feature of WordPress, much easier than creating them yourself and with the added option that people can click through to see the photos full size.

      • I have been using PicMonkey for so long I forget that WordPress has its own mosaics – I probably gave up using them after WP had one of its periodic changes and it wouldn’t allow me to do the things the way I had done them before

        • Using WordPress Mosaics probably uses more of your available memory as you put the whole photos in and it arranges them. I am with you on changes – I haven’t swapped to the new editing interface yet, have you? I am also annoyed at the new statistics as I don’t think it shows you as much as before.

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