There is no pretending any more – it is winter. The trees are bare; it is now the structure and the foliage of evergreen and ever-silver plants that are the mainstay of the garden.
For checking if you have good form and texture in the garden you can’t beat looking at you photographs in black and white. This is not my idea, books recommend trying this and Janet at Plantaliscious often uses this method to learn about her garden. In this way you aren’t distracted by coloured flowers. If you think your garden looks attractive in black and white I’m sure it looks amazing in colour.
Here’s a few examples, why don’t you try a few too and link into Garden Bloggers Foliage Day to share your findings. Thanks so much for joining in this month but if you are too busy preparing for the Christmas festivities why not try it for January.
I’m surprised at just how good this border looks in December in black and white. Here it is in colour:
Sometimes it is the foliage that is beautiful or interesting when viewed close-to, as in this Euphorbia which seems almost to be deformed but I remember that some were like this last year and they still grew normally.
This morning I awoke to a ground-frost, so just to prove that Italy is cold in winter here are some icy shots to finish.
Please leave a comment with your link, thank you. Christina