Sunday, February 19, 2006

Color in Winter (In zone 7b I should add) Sorry to you zone challenged folks

Nowadays there is no reason for the winter landscape to be just green and brown. There are so many different colored shrubs and conifers that with a little planning you can have color all year round. Grey, blue, yellow and burgundy are all easy to incorporate in any garden and are nice companions to the perennials to come. My favorite shrubs for winter color are Cedrus deodara'Feeling Blue',Lonicera nitida'Lemon Beauty', Bergenia'Bressingham Ruby' which is green is the summer and turns burgundy in the winter. I also like Euphorbia characias wulfenii for its blue green color. The varigated Euphorbia'Tasmanian Tiger' is proving itself to be fairly hardy.

The winter heathers, helleborus and early bulbs are always a welcomed sight. Gardeners are lucky here on Vancouver Island, B.C. as we are rarely without color in our gardens.
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Blogger Sylvana said...

Our winter colors are brown, grey and white. Green? Not for a couple more months.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

"Nowadays there is no reason for the" zone 8 or 9 "winter landscape to be just green and brown."

Sigh. Zone five, we got dried grasses in pale sand for our color.

Say your blessings for your climate!

2:30 PM  
Blogger David Hobson said...

Still white here, but I like winter.


5:14 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I know that we are lucky here. We haven't even had snow yet. We still could though. When we do get snow it doesn't last long.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Jenn-Is it just me or do you not allow comments on your blog? I always want to leave one but there is no comment button. Nice roses by the way!

6:32 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

I do have a white pine that I love, but during the winter it even takes on a shade more toward grey than green.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Thanks for sharing the info about the plants in your lovely garden. I am zone 6 and I do have a little yellow creeping vine that I can look at. ; )

8:10 PM  
Blogger MariaJ said...

Lovely colors, it could be our autumn photo here in North-Europe.

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your garden looks sooo great at this time of year--I think I have to leave the zone I garden in to move into 7b. Just forcing forsythia in the house is the best I can do for color at this time of year. Beautiful garden you have!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Judith-I was out for a walk the other day and I saw a forsythia starting to bloom. We are way ahead this year. It really is crazy. What zone are you in?

8:19 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Huh. *scratches head*
When did that happen?

There we go.

Apparently TypePad updated their offerings for comments, and defaulted the comments to 'none on new posts' - now I ask you, why?

I was wondering why it was so quiet on the western front, so to speak. I welcome commentary.

So please, try again, I'd love to hear from you!

And you are zone 7! hmmmm...

2:27 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Thank you, Sandy. I think I've got it now, after a few more hiccups!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Diana LaMarre said...

Wow! I can't believe how beautiful your garden looks in February.
I have a lovely palette of white and yellow-white (where the neighborhood dogs have passed by).

4:01 PM  
Blogger Susan Harris said...

WOW, looks great and you're setting an excellent example in the four-season department. Thanks from Zone 7A. Susan

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happened to bump into your blog while surfing. Your pics are lovely.

I think you are a lucky person with that sort of winter climate. I moved from Europe to Newfoundland 1 1/2 years ago considering myself an avid gardener. Alas, that perception has changed. Apart from the wet snow and the constant freezing and thawing in winter, the soil is a challenge here, too.

It's good, at least, to see some colour in your garden.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Windrose-Welcome to my garden:). I know that I am lucky to live in such a nice gardening climate. I've lived in this zone forever so I think I take in for granted sometimes. That is a drastic move you made!

7:41 AM  

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