1. Hire a garden designer to draw up a plan for your garden or garden renovation. Take photos of your garden before, during and after you make changes (adding and removing plants), and in every season. These photos will document events that occur over time; so you can decide where you want to make additions or deletions. They will also show you how quickly change occurs and plants grow. Use this plan as a guide for the New Year when choosing new plants for your landscape. Knowing which plants will thrive (right plant, right place) can save you time, money and disappointment.
2. Add some evergreen structure: Winter is the perfect time to evaluate the layout and design of your garden. Once deciduous trees and shrubs shed their leaves (with the exception of beech trees and a few others that hold on to their foliage until early spring) you can see the framework of your garden. Are there evergreens that enhance the space and provide enclosure? They don’t have to be tall, even waist-high shrubs will help define your garden space and serve as a backdrop for your herbaceous plants. Check out this garden plan featuring Yewtopia® Plum Yew.
3. Feed your soil. Spread a layer (about 1 inch thick) of compost in your garden beds. Keep it away from stems and trunks. Your plants will thank you with lush, healthy growth in the spring.
4. Reduce the size of your lawn. Enlarge your planting beds. Once established shrubs and perennials require fewer resources ie water and fertilizer to survive and thrive than turf. Try this garden plan starring ‘Soft Caress’ Mahonia.
5. Add some fragrance to your garden. Site fragrant plants along paths or walkways, making it easy to access their perfume. For an evergreen shrub with deliciously scented flowers, try Jubilation™ Gardenia.