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Winter Interest in the Garden

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Definition: Winter interest is a concept employed by some gardeners in cold climates who still want to have something of interest in their garden when it goes dormant and when it’s covered in snow. Most often, winter interest is achieved by using architectural plants and elements that will remain standing all winter. Sometimes it is the outline of the form of the plant, such as a leafless dwarf weeping maple that provides interest. Evergreens are popular, not just because they remain green, but also because they look attractive holding onto snow. A few perennials, such as sedum and the stiffer ornamental grasses, also remain attractive throughout the winter season. In areas where snow cover is substantial, the outline of paths and structures like arbors and benches are the only means of defining the winter garden space.
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