This Japanese style garden, while looking wonderful during the
warmer months, looks even more attractive in the winter when it's clever design comes to the fore.
During winter months the backbone structure of the garden emerges and it's importance can be fully
realised. When the drappery of greenery and petals drops away, any
short comings in a garden's basic structure become painfully obvious. There can be no more depressing
a sight than waterlogged, untended lawns, bedraggled trees and graveyards of defunct flower beds. Where
in the warmer months we might have forgiven and enjoyed a certain lack of structure for the sheer exhuberance and vitality
of the season, in the long, dreary winter months that same lack will assult the eye and depress the spirits.
Strongly structured gardens, that might seem too regimented at other times, now come into their own.
Even poorly designed gardens with a strong structure will look better than the damp tangle that most
plots become at this time. While a well designed garden will be a visual delight to it's owners and draw
admiring looks of appreciation from passersby. With carefully chosen structures such as gates, pathways, walls, pergolas and
statuary, plus the wise choice of plantings that favour form and foliage colour above blooms, we can create a garden which will
gladen our gardeners' hearts in the dull,
grey months and make the winter something to be savoured rather than
The Oriental style of garden, such as this Japanese one with it's strong,
formal design, are a pleasure to view in any season because they rely much less on
showy, short lived blooms and more on structure, shape and foliage colour.
Ponds and other design features make up the basic structure of a garden and
are it's saving grace when all it's colours fade to green and grey.
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