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Anatomy Lesson: Planning for Late Fall's Frost

Anatomy Lesson: Planning for Late Fall's Frost

Anatomy Lesson: Planning for Late Fall's Frost
Shrubs and tall grass in a field during late fall.

Frost has a way with plants.

It's true that a blast of frost spells the end of the season for herbaceous perennials. (And the end of the line for annuals or other tender plants.) However, it makes up for what it takes by what it gives. Frost makes greens greener, silvers more silvery, and adds an almost neon effect to oranges and reds. But to take advantage of this autumn blessing, you need to plan ahead.

Try adding plants such as these conifers, dogwoods, and grasses, each of which captures frost, to your landscape. This ensures you'll have something to look at between fall foliage and the glittery glam of a coat of snow.

Remember that in design, the eye travels to where you tell it to by uses of color, form, and texture. Create a few spots in your garden where you can fully appreciate the effect of a good frost.

Top Image: GAP Photos/Richard Bloom/Bressingham Gardens

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2016-11-01 09:35:00
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