Winter is a time to enjoy the subtle tan, gold and brown tones in your garden. Winter garden don’t give you the “pop” of color that we so love in the summer months, but it exposes the fundamental structure of plants and provides more subtle hues in similar tones. Trees, Ornamental grasses and Shrubs are really the backbone of the winter garden, while perennials which play such a central role in the summer garden, really take a back seat. Some perennials, like Desert 4 o’clock and Butterfly weed all but disappear in the winter, just leaving the dried stalks of their summer growth. Other perennials, like pine leaf penstemon and creeping grey germander look very similar in structure and color to their summer forms, without the flowers naturally. I am always pleasantly surprised when a plant has a pleasing form in the winter, four seasons of interest is a unexpected bonus. Photos of plants taken during the summer months, then again in January in Santa Fe.
—Peggy Wright (Masters of Landscape Architecture)