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Winter In The Garden

'Arctic Fire' red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) in the winter garden.

Welcome to February, a month when the garden may appear to be in total slumber. Look a little closer and you will find the tiny stirrings of spring. Roots and shoots are on the move, and certain specimens are in the midst of their peak seasonal performance: winter blooming witch hazel, brilliant red twig dogwood, and flowering Lenten rose.

Winter is a time when a garden designed with all seasons in mind can really shine, and also a time to notice where something can be added for next year's winter garden.

'Arnold Promise' witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia) blooming in January.

Is there a window in your office overlooking potential wintertime inspiration? An outdoor patio in need of some evergreen? Or perhaps a spot where stone could be added to provide a focal point in your garden?

Winter is perfect for dreaming and planning.

Snow on pitcher plant (Sarracenia).

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