A Winter Garden in Ontario-Photos
I've been developing my acre garden for 12 years and specifically designing for winter interest as well. It took me 5 or 6 years before I began to see a difference in the winter time.
I've planted a lot of different evergreens (I'm surrounded by empty farm fields in the winter and needed the windbreak) plus many ornamental trees. Birch, redbuds, crabapples, magnolias, japanese maples, beech, gingko, dawn redwood, service berry. Shrubs include viburnam, dogwoods, rose of sharon, spireas, hollies, blue mist, rhodos, azaleas, ninebark, weigela, elderberry, hydrangea, witch hazel.
My perennial beds are large and becoming more shade orientated as the years progress. But ornamental grasses are a large part of my sunny beds.
An important part of the winter garden is the hardscaping-arbours, well placed statues and art,the greenhouse and studio, birdhouses and feeders....and of course the birds. :)