Every winter I'm fascinated by the way snowfall transforms the garden. Trees acquire new definition, as do now-leafless vines, and shrubs take on softened shapes. Snow has a way of sculpting the garden, giving it an entirely different visual presence.
Most articles about 'The Winter Garden' focus on the structure and interest that untrimmed perennials and grasses lend to the landscape. Some writers suggest pruning shrubs or small trees in a specific way to capture snow and add winter interest.
But I agree with Marlene Mullet, an Ohio reader who commented in Fine Gardening, "Arbors, birdhouses, rocks, and other garden decor along with untrimmed vines and shrubs also look lovely with snow cover. Every year I try to come up with more ways to keep my winter gardens from looking dull and drab. It's another way to enjoy the garden all year!"
Marlene's rustic winter arbour is an example of how simple structures and ornaments can create winter interest – if we plan ahead.
― William Blake
How do you put ornament into your winter garden? Share in a comment.