WANT WINTER MOVEMENT IN YOUR GARDEN?
What do you do?
Leave seed heads on your plants, to wave with the wind in your winter garden.
What is a seed head?
After a perennial plant flowers, the bloom, when left alone, produces a seed head. It is trying to “go to seed” to produce more plants.
Why do this?
You may want to do this because in the snow of your January garden, the seed heads blow with the wind, show your garden has “bones” and create some visual interest in a flattened space.
The birds also need the shelter and food from a few strategically placed plants with seeds.
Which plants produce winter interest?
Some plants include:
Baptisia [Blue False Indigo] [the seed pods are wonderful]
Echinops [Globe Thistle]
Filipendula ‘Venusta Magnifica’ [Queen of the Prairie]
Ornamental Grasses !!!
Hyssop [Anise Hyssop]
Iris sibirica [foliage sways]
Monarda [Bee Balm]
Rudbeckia [Black-eyed Susan]
Have questions? Please ask us. We love to talk gardening with you.