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Best seasonal beauty is nature’s own

LINCOLN, Neb. – A December garden is very different from one in July. Summer’s green gives way to branch, bark, mulch and hardscape. With careful planning, though, the details of a winter landscape can be just as compelling.

Even a few evergreens can provide focus, backdrop, privacy and much-needed green. Against winter’s muted background, the tiniest hint of any bright color is magnified – red or purple fruit on crabapple, viburnum and coralberry; brightly colored bark on dogwoods or other shrubs.

Perennials with sturdy seedheads add texture, height and variety. When they’re mixed with grasses, the solid-massed clumps will hide the leggy stems, hold them upright and heighten the subtle and constantly changing impact of sunlight, snow and wind.

Woody plants with delicate branching or unusual bark – birch, coffeetree, dogwood, hackberry, hickory, sycamore – shed their leaves and get their moment in the sun (or snow). They become even more of a focal point when under-planted with semi-evergreen perennials like ajuga, Artemisia, Bergenia, Dianthus, perennial geranium, germander, lamb’s ears, lavender, Lenten roses, penstemon, phlox, sedum, or statice.

LINCOLN, Neb. – A December garden is very different from one in July. Summer’s green gives way to branch, bark, mulch and hardscape. With careful planning, though, the details of a winter landscape can be just as compelling.

Even a few evergreens can provide focus, backdrop, privacy and much-needed green. Against winter’s muted background, the tiniest hint of any bright color is magnified – red or purple fruit on crabapple, viburnum and coralberry; brightly colored bark on dogwoods or other shrubs.

Perennials with sturdy seedheads add texture, height and variety. When they’re mixed with grasses, the solid-massed clumps will hide the leggy stems, hold them upright and heighten the subtle and constantly changing impact of sunlight, snow and wind.

Woody plants with delicate branching or unusual bark – birch, coffeetree, dogwood, hackberry, hickory, sycamore – shed their leaves and get their moment in the sun (or snow). They become even more of a focal point when under-planted with semi-evergreen perennials like ajuga, Artemisia, Bergenia, Dianthus, perennial geranium, germander, lamb’s ears, lavender, Lenten roses, penstemon, phlox, sedum, or statice.


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