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Winter in the North

By 4susiesjoy
February 17, 2015

I've always had a chuckle when I've seen articles in garden magazines that talk about planting for winter interest. Here in zone 3, everything usually has frozen before the middle of October and is covered with snow shortly afterward. But then I started looking around.

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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Roses Salvias Seed Starter
Vegetable Grower Region: Mid-Atlantic
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lovesblooms
Feb 16, 2015 7:07 PM CST
... in my mind. To me, snow itself is winter interest--it's undeniably beautiful, on everything, at the right angle and in the right light. I was born and raised in Upstate NY. I've lived in MD for 15 years but I still lament the lack of snow cover. Without it, I think we snow-less gardeners have to work harder to design our gardens to be interesting while all is brown and grey.
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Composter Hellebores Garden Art Irises Xeriscape Echinacea
Sedums Foliage Fan Herbs Dahlias Frogs and Toads Bee Lover
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4susiesjoy
Feb 17, 2015 5:39 AM CST
Taquiyyah, it indeed has it's own beauty and sometimes, especially toward the end of winter, I don't appreciate it as much as I should. But even more important to me than it's beauty is the insulation value for the plants when we get the frigid winter cold, which you also have some idea about if you lived in Upstate NY!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Feb 17, 2015 7:29 AM CST
For me, other than the initial beauty, snow's only other redeeming quality is the insulation factor. But even with the foot we have I know I am going to lose plenty with this wicked long super cold snap. I'll take the positive attitude and think about all the new stuff I'll have space for!
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Composter Hellebores Garden Art Irises Xeriscape Echinacea
Sedums Foliage Fan Herbs Dahlias Frogs and Toads Bee Lover
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4susiesjoy
Feb 17, 2015 5:09 PM CST
What a positive way to look at losing plants, Jennifer! If we have good snow cover, I don't usually lose to many perennials,(most of the ones I plant are zone 3 or 4), but I do lose a lot of smaller trees when it is -20 or lower if we have it for an extended cold spell, but I bet your plants are mostly higher zones than that so would probably be more vulnerable? But if you had the snow before the bitter cold you might be surprised at what will survive it.

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