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How to take care of your garden in the cold season? Agricultural engineer Snezana Gerbault gives you his advice in a recently awarded collection.
At the end of November, the book Mon jardin en hiver by Snezana Gerbault, an agricultural engineer specializing in the environment, received the Saint Fiacre prize from the association of garden and horticultural journalists.
Here are 5 tips from this magnificent book to enhance and take care of your garden in the cold season.
1. Think evergreen
Anticipate the aesthetics of your garden in winter: sow and plant plants that will retain a beautiful green color even during the colder months.
Obviously, evergreens like conifers, boxwood, cherry laurel Otto Luyken, osmanthusivy photinia, sacred olive tree, ferns… "Silver, gold or variegated, the foliage structure the garden and offer effects of color and texture to compose lively borders, never monotonous".
Caption: The evergreen foliage offers various textures and dozens of shades of green to compose stunning winter scenes.
2. Yes to colors
Add some vegetables garnished with berries: holly, hawthorn, charcoal, rowan tree, cotoneaster, roses too… They are both aesthetic and beneficial for the garden's fauna on the coldest days.
Color can also be inserted with sedums (garden stonecrop especially) and with specific woods and branches such as willows, wicker ("the king of winter, in multiple colors"), dogwoods, hazelnut trees, Tibetan cherry trees, birch trees, which are also particularly graphic.
3. Select graphic plants
They structure the space and create spectacular scenes with frost and snow: azurite, cardoon and blue thistle (whose azure-purplish will illuminate the beds), echinacea, physalis, Euphorbia, Japanese spirea, angelic, grasses (miscanthus, calamagrostis, sedge, pennisetum, stipa) without forgetting sedums, trees or shrubs.
The silvery ears of miscanthus, transparent hedges and wild clematis form the backdrop for a December morning at the Jardin botanique de la Presle.
4. Flowers even in winter
"Winter-flowering perennials provide fragrance and color at a time of year that lacks cheerfulness": heather, hellebore, snowdrops, pansy, cyclamen, hepatic or pulsatile anemone ... "Several shrubs also bloom during the winter and their flowers dress the still bare branches ”: chimonanthe, witch Hazel, winter viburnum, daphne, dogwood ... Also let the last blooms (of roses or hydrangeas) freeze in the cold, magnificent even when frosted!
5. The trick: postpone heavy work
"In winter, in a natural movement, little by little, everything is inevitably stripped off ... Pruning is essential, of course, but as late as possible. Do not deprive yourself of this beautiful spectacle!
Wait until the last moment to cut and remove some plants. Don't be in a hurry to clean everything up. Let this nature live, observe the journeys of the seeds, collect them to plan your beds for the coming season, prepare your herbaria, compose dry bouquets. Give plants the opportunity to express all their beauty, right down to the last leaf and the last seed still in place, "advises Snezana Gerbault.
- To read: My garden in winter, by Snezana Gerbault, published by Delachaux and Niestlé. 160 pages, € 19.90.
Visual credits: Winter garden 2: © Aterrom - stock.adobe.com Miscanthus: © Snezana Gerbault Legend: My garden in winter p14persistants: © Snezana Gerbault