Winter Garden

Winter in Amsterdam is wet and warm. Bulbs are rising out of the ground and many grasses that should have turned to straw are still green. Clearly there is nothing to do in the garden but wait for crisp cold weather and then maybe start thinking about clearing away last year’s debris.

shrub Ruscus
Ruscus aculeatus

Looking around the garden in winter there are always things that catch your eye. Snowdrops are appearing and looking very happy and the little shrub Ruscus aculeatus has formed more berries this year than I have ever seen here before.

grass molinia
Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea ‘Cordoba’

One thing I did tidy was back in December as Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea always collapses just before Christmas no matter what the weather does. The other, lower-growing molinias – M. c. subsp. caerulea don’t suffer from the same weakness and are all looking crisp and upright elsewhere in the garden.

Dryopteris affinis fern

One group of plants that have enjoyed the mild winter and are all looking splendid at the moment are the ferns. The Dryopteris affinis ‘Crispa’ above is usually deciduous, but not so far this winter in my garden.

Let’s enjoy the moment before work resumes in the coming months.

3 thoughts on “Winter Garden”

  1. Hello, I am new here, but I enjoy your garden’s idea ! I have a question, what is the name of the lovely purple plant in the foreground, with the Dryopteris on the last picture please ? Thanks a lot for the information 🙂
    Have a nice evening !

    1. Hi Pantoufle, What you can see is actually an aster that finished flowering in October and has remained as a skeleton with its seed heads intact. Its a compact form of Aster lateriflorus called ‘Bucks Fizz’.
      Thanks for your interest.

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