Our native plant garden has lots of personality even in the dead of winter, the middle of January. Our Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa) maintains its posture. Like many herbaceous plants and trees in winter, Black Cohosh’s remaining stature provides an interesting and enduring silhouette , contributing to the winter architecture of our garden.
Enchanter’s Nightshade, (Circaea canadensis) has formed an elegant patch in the park right next to our yard. This wild woodland native is starting to grow along the edges of our cultivated and manicured native woodland garden. Hopefully a few will seed themselves in our yard, which directly borders Morris Park.
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) in our back-alley. Our newly planted edition to our back-alley garden has developed a classic redbud growth form, most visible in the winter. The often multi-stemmed small tree develops a vase-shaped form. In the winter, its many seedpods hang on to the branches, giving us the impression that the tree is still busy with its lifecycle, not fully embracing its dormancy.