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Dave talks about plants that bring life and color to your yard in the dead of winter.
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Hi, I am Dave Epstein and welcome to Growing Wisdom.
And, a world of white and often during the winter, there is snow. And in this particular winter, there is a lot of snow.
A foot and a half or so, so you cannot do much gardening but what you can do is when you are inside, kind of looking out and observing and wishing that it was summer, you can create during the summer, spring and fall you can planting so that in the winter, you have some green.
So, what are the things that we have done over the past several years is like put things like box woods in, which have this great green color, and I want to take you in the back a little bit and show you some of the greenery that we have put in over the past several years to really give us a least the feeling that things are still a little bit growing even deep into the winter.
So, let us take a look at the back.
So, this is the middle of a perennial garden and in the summer, this would look completely different of course. I have also flowers and I am actually standing in what I believe is the area where all of my hostess come up.
But what nice is I have the Piaras which looks pretty nice this time of the year. What you see right there at the top, those are little flowers which will bloom sometime next spring. They sit all there all winter for you to enjoy.
We have got some Japanese Hollies, we have got another Piaras, I got Road Dendrin. There is even use out here, and those stay Evergreen of course.
We have got a Sky Pencil Holly which also looks pretty good, and they look nice covered in the snow.
It is not only the Evergreens that look beautiful. Some of the things which have plants and flowers in them during the summer, really have a beauty of their own during the winter.
One of the favorite plants to give some green during the course of the winter is a Long Stock Holly. I really like this plant.
The leaves almost look like a Phycus Tree and the leaves stay on there all winter long. They stay green, it looks beautiful covered in the snow, and it gives you the feeling of life.
There is not a luck going on out here right now. There is a lot of snow, if the birds going back and forth to the feeders,
But if you are conscientious during the course of the growing season, and you think about “I want to create an area where I have green”, you can do it. So that, even during the depths of winter, it is actually looks like there is a little bit of life out there, even when there was tons of snow.
One last little tip, you do not want to shake your plants and shake the snow off of them. They can snap them back, and back can actually cause more damage. As the snow begins to melt, they will bounce back naturally.
Now, if you have plants which are bent all the way over to the ground, of course, you might want to gently shakes some of the snow off.
But, in general, just kind of leave them alone.
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