Winter Structure

Gardens that look good in both winter and summer have a strong skeleton that, even without the softening of plants, is appealing. By January and February, the bare bones that, in the fullness of summer melt into the background, are brought to the fore. Half-forgotten ornaments are revealed as plants die back, clipped box hedges break free from lanky perennials, and pergolas, arches and obelisks lose their leafy covering. Trees that were eclipsed by summer’s star plants now come into their own, and evergreens emerge from the shadows to reassert their place in an overall framework that provides a sense of permanence at a time when so much of the familiar landscape is absent.

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