In thinking about a garden, natural areas are a helpful source of information and inspiration.
They offer insights into functional plant communities and combinations, and clues for designing and arranging our managed landscapes. When artist and landscape architect Preston Montague explores natural areas, he looks for those clues and connects them with elements in built landscapes. In winter, landscape elements can often be more readable than during the height of the growing season. In this video, walk with Preston as he offers tips for reading the winter landscape with design in mind.
The winter landscape also reveals opportunities to get better coverage for the garden. Check out our blog post on covering ground in winter for ideas and suggestions for evergreen groundcovers.