Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra
Until yesterday, I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate in Bloom Day this month. I didn’t want to make the other northern bloggers look bad, because it takes a certain kind of horticultural skill to create combinations like these. But Bloom Day is all about sharing, so I decided I simply couldn’t resist passing along some of my best tips for enjoying dependable winter color.
First, consider cold tolerance. Hardy geraniums (Pelargonium semperrubrum), for instance, are invaluable for cheerful color no matter what the weather.
Hardy African violets (Saintpaulia pseudoflora) are useful too. Look how those silken petals make a pretty backdrop for the dainty blooms of ‘Golden Starlet’ heather (Erica carnea).
And don’t you just love it when the variegated boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Fallax’) comes into bloom?
Some gardeners are so grateful for anything to look at in winter that they’ll settle for any old blooms. However, it doesn’t take much more effort to put together some creative color combinations. Notice how I’ve artfully chosen companions to echo the colors of the dogwood stems in these two beds in my side garden.
Oh, darn – how did that dandelion sneak in there? Bloody cool-season weeds.
One more hint: Don’t overlook the value of including eye-catching ornaments and structures for extra off-season color.
So, now you know the secrets to creating stunning winter scenes. They’re too pretty to be real, aren’t they?
Now, go visit the other Bloom Day posts through the links at May Dreams Gardens. I think it’s safe to say that you won’t see many images like these, though!