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Not dead, dead. The roots are alive. But the bleached stalks of the grasses, the tepee of banana leaves, the papery beech tree are joys to behold this time of year.
My dead things break up the grey woods, and serve as a nice contrast to the many evergreens that are the mainstay of the winter garden.
Evergreens are dark. They enclose. Some, like the magnolia trees even seem heavy.
Dead things are just the opposite. Airy, they wave in the wind. They’re bleached by the sun. And if they happen to be backlit, they can actually glow.
Subtle? Yes. But subtle can be good. I enjoy having two very different gardens–One, bright, bold, full of big flowers and foliage in Summer and Fall. The other, calmer, more reflective, built on texture and contrast.
Gardening in the South, gives me these two gardens, all on the same piece of land.
So as I go out to clean up the beds after our cold, cold December. I won’t clean up everything. I’ll save my favorite dead things for a few more months, and think about maybe adding some more.
Any ideas? What not-green things are beautiful in your gardens right now? Please share –