Time for action! Getting plant beds ready for spring

 

My favorite plant design guru Piet Oudolf advises to leave dead stems and dried flower heads in the landscape for architectural winter interest and for food for the birds. I think it’s a great idea but when it comes to near to the end of February.. I’ve seen about as much of the dead and brown stems and flowers as I can stand! And by the end of February, I am ready to get outside and start working!

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An American Robin dropped by for a quick bath as I was trimming the goldenrod stems

Yes , plant beds with perennials, deciduous trees and shrubs, annuals, spring and summer bulbs will still look bare in late winter. That’s why I love having winter flowering evergreen shrubs, such as camellia Japonica, for much needed color and fragrance.

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Kramer’s Supreme- my mother bought this for me when she came to visit. Since she never visited in winter, she never did see the magnificent blooms.
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