Exploring the Winter Garden


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2021/01/19



One reason why I adore pollinator gardening is that in the winter, the gardens are not only benefiting nature, but they are also interesting to view. They have what we are all working to achieve in our landscape, winter interest.  




Echinacea plants are left standing for not only are the stems great nesting sites for insects, but the seeds are a vital food source for many birds. Same is true with our grasses. The grasses’ seeds are fuel for birds and its dense foliage is a great place for small animals to take shelter. Nearly all pollinator plants that go to seed can feed the birds. Little nocks and crannies in the seed heads are also nesting sites for insects.

 




The winter garden may appear to be void of life, but in fact, it’s teaming with life, much of it waiting for slightly warmer days to emerge.








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