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fall and winter in the garden

Posted by rmargaret 8? (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 11, 08 at 8:17

Okay, July is here, which means I am thinking about my garden this fall and winter. I am looking for suggestions on good evergreens, good fall or winter foliage, anything to keep that ugly its-ugly-cause-its-cold look out of my garden this year! My 'garden' is 10' long by 3' at its widest point, curving to nothing at the other end, with a 10x4 section on the other side of the step. It faces W/SW. Any ideas?

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RE: fall and winter in the garden

I ended up finding a page @ with a list of thigns that you could grow in fall and winter. I can't find it (grrrr, have a copy printed @ home), but I just noticed there is a "Four Season Vegetable Gardening" forum here at GW that could be a great help.

You might check out Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long by Eliot Coleman (this is the book that was recommended to me by nearly everyone I asked about the subject). It's relative to Maine, but you should be able to tweak that to work for you down south.

I'm sure there are probably southern-specific publications you could get your hands on with a little hunting, but I'll be watching this thread just in case someone has done the legwork already and can post about it.

Actually, for GA-specific, Walter Reeves has a gardening calendar at his site,, but it covers everything (not just edibles), and may or may not discuss planting during fall/winter. I can't recall (it's been a while).

RE: fall and winter in the garden

I have some black eyed susans that lasted into January, Yuletide camelias bloom in December, witch hazel in Jan/Feb and Daphne in February. Daffodils in March.
There are chamaecyperis that have yellow and blue evergreen foliage that can brighten up the winter. Those could all fit in your spaces. You could also do red or yellow twig dogwoods. Winter isn't that bad, plus it's short. (I grew up in New York).

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