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ASK THE EXPERTS
What are some of the elements that provide seasonal interest in your
garden and the gardens you build for others, even in winter? What
steps do you take to ensure beauty in a winter garden?
Almost everything relating to our garden and the garden spaces we create for our clients
has value in the winter view. As shade is reduced from deciduous trees, light reaches
deeper into the garden structure, revealing textures of hill and valley which are muted and
dusky in summer months. Small details are crisper, as light illuminates from a lower angle.
During the cold months of the year, the sky feels closer and especially brilliant in hue when
juxtaposed with a snow-blanketed garden.
In winter, there are more incremental variations from moisture and temperature with which
our gardens interact. Consider the varying moisture levels affecting the color and feel of
natural stone. On sunny dry days, a hand-cut, Japanese-inspired stone walk or patio evokes
bare-footed warmth as eyes wander outside. On other days, the dark moist boulders wear
a cap of white or become part of a larger drift of snow, combining with the hand-shaped
azaleas behind them, reminiscent of drifting dunes but imbued with the form our gardens
develop from our years of nurture.
At times these atmospheric effects emphasize fine detail, such as when twigs and buds of
our Japanese maple trees are delicately outlined with a light snow. After grooming black
Pines, each needle is a fine green line, topped with icy crystals against a background of
cerulean or white. On wet days, a tree's bark is darkened, each year showing more layers
and intricacy. At times, ice forms on each twig, exposing the beauty and strength of the entire
sculpture. And until extreme cold forces a deeper dormancy, lawns are a brilliant green
carpet. Likes waves advancing and retreating, the garden is sometimes more exposed and
then buried gently or deeply by snow; the intervals between objects in which you see and
experience the garden become more apparent.
Practically speaking, we seek to bring all-season beauty to a home's surroundings in the
following ways:
* Careful planning during the garden's design phase
So that structural interest is always apparent-even in winter, when many garden colors
have disappeared-we incorporate large boulders, natural stone paths and patios, and
plants with varied barks, branching structures (Japanese Maples, for example), and berries.
We also include plenty of evergreen shrubs and trees (Hollies, Azaleas, Laurels, Firs, Cryptomeria,
Pines and Cedars, to name a few) to provide diverse textures and shades of green
against the winter whites and browns. In addition to the interest that evergreens bring to
a winter garden, they are beneficial in that they provide vibrant privacy screening around a
property and a haven for bird life when other plant hideouts are bare.
* Careful pruning and plant care throughout the year
By maintaining plant structure during regularly-scheduled service visits, and by treating
disease and pest issues if and when they occur during the warmer seasons, we are able to
enhance the all-season beauty and health of the gardens in our care. (Note: Specific to winter
garden care, we offer an anti-desiccant spray service to minimize the effects of freezing
temperatures, such as winter burn, on evergreen plants.)
We invite you to enjoy the many delights of winter by enhancing your garden view. We offer
many interesting structural and organic elements and plant care measures so that you can
indeed experience all-season joy in the garden spaces around your home. For more information,
please visit our website and give us a call when you're ready!
Betty Hanselman
Partner
Hanselman Landscape
& Gardens
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