Winter garden landscapes in the park by Jenny Koester - Horticulture

Studying the winter garden with Jenny Koester

This garden vignette would be far less effective sans the larger planter taking center stage. It provides a focal point in the spring, fall and winter months. In the summer, it is often obstructed by a lush planting.
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"The twisty, knotty contortions of the branches contrast nicely to the linear form of the arbor"

Jenny Koester hydrangea vine winter

"The bark itself is also visually interesting. I am drawn to the structure and order of a formal garden, but too much order can be boring. Thankfully, this hydrangea adds just the right amount of drama."

Jenny Koester from A Year in the Park is quoted above as witnessing the winter garden as anything but boring. In her experienced eyes, she tells us how going from an inexperienced gardener to that of a successful one requires that we appreciate how bark, form, texture, and shadows play a part in holding our interest.

"This garden vignette would be far less effective sans the larger planter taking center stage. It provides a focal point in the spring, fall and winter months. In the summer, it is often obstructed by a lush planting."

Jenny Koester fountain winter

To read more of Jenny's article visit her website, A Year in the Park. Jenny gardens in Ohio, zone 6

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