Four Season Gardening is an obvious concept but one that is often overlooked by many gardeners and homeowners in northern climates. In the Northeast, we take a moment to catch our breath and relax in the winter months. It’s a great time to enjoy the gardens from either the comfort of your home (via a favorite chair and picture window) or by bundling up and strolling through the landscape on a snow laden day. With the traditional spring explosion of blossoms and long lasting summer color, many landscapes lack interest in Autumn and Winter. But there is no reason to shut down and hibernate during these off-peak seasons, especially since the plant possibilities for these two times of the year are spectacular. Not enough of us take advantage of winter or our glorious autumns to experience the beauty in color and texture that these seasons offer.
At Twombly Nursery, we strongly promote plants that work in as many seasons as possible. We’ve taken a leadership role in not only the Garden in Winter, but in four season interest plantings. There’s no need to settle for just spring flowers when many selections offer wonderful autumn fruit, exposed textural bark in winter and color changes in foliage on a seasonal basis. There are wonderful summer blooming shrubs, great fall colored trees and bright winter conifers to enhance the landscape all year long. Whether it be a February blooming Hamamelis or a fruit laden Malus in September, the exfoliating bark of a Acer griseum in January or the iridescent glow of a Franklinia blossom in October – the possibilities to stretch the season at either end are wide open. Just imagine ornamental grasses shimmering in a late afternoon sun or the bright blues and yellows of conifers and the red berries of winterberry, you can create a whole palette of color for a garden that lasts all year long.
So when planning your next plant purchase or garden design, consider plants that shine in as many seasons as possible. We all know that gardening is infectious (we have quite a few plant-a-holics on staff) so why not garden and enjoy great plants all year long. Autumn color and winter textures can hold their own against the best spring and summer have to offer. Fruit & berries, exposed bark, colorful seasonal foliage can all add to the allure of summer blooming shrubs and bright winter conifers. There is no need for dull senses in the cold weather garden, whether it be late fall, the dead of winter or early spring.
Hard to find plants and unusual selections are easy to locate at our Nursery in Monroe, CT. Call or e-mail us for sizes, availability and to reserve your plants today.