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Why we love winter in the garden – and you should too!

July 18th, 2016

Rainy, cold, wet, windy days.  It sure is hard to get out in the garden during winter.  There are, however, a few very good reasons why you can still enjoy your garden – and plan how to improve it for warmer days and nights – during the cooler months.

Certain plants are at their absolute best –

Daphne leucanthe – the perfume of this beautiful shrub is simply divine.  The clusters of small pink or white flowers and deep green leaves are pretty, but the scent will blow you away.  Perfect cut, the smell will beautifully freshen a room for 3 to 4 days.

             Daphne pink         CIMG2094       Daphne White

 

 

 

Citrus – limes, lemons, oranges, mandarins, grapefruit….the list goes on.Citrus are great for you and their fruit provides such bright, uplifting colour.  One or two of each tree is usually more than one household can eat.  Buy these trees in winter when you can see and taste the fruit.  If you don’t have a lot of space, they are excellent grown in half wine barrels.  Herbs can be planted underneath too.  Delicious!

20160527_141143                         barrel citrus

There are many more plants which come into their own at this time.  Flame vine (pyrostegia), Princess plant (tibouchina), and Winter roses (hellebores) are just a few others delights.

 

Some things at their worst – and it’s good to know

Whether it’s drainage issues, slippery decks, or a deciduous tree that has been poorly pruned, winter will show up the bare bones and trouble spots of both natural and built landscape elements.  We take all these safety and aesthetic factors into account when planning landscape upgrades, and can recommend trades people to fix if it is a straightforward issue.  Or, you could DIY – see below.  Getting it done over winter means less maintenance – and more time for relaxing – in summer!

 

It warms you up!

Quite simply, getting outside may be really hard, but you will feel better for it!