While perhaps not obvious at first glance, your personal natural space can be beautiful, functional, and fun throughout the winter. Remember our fall tip to leave plants un-cut and to keep the space a little messy with leaves and a brush pile? This is where all that work you didn’t have to do pays off (even more!). The stems you didn’t cut back create a toasty blanket that helps roots stay warm. They also provide an extra shot of energy to help fuel underground activity as plants overwinter. Additionally, seed heads and fruit provide crucial food sources for birds and other animals to survive the harsh winter.
While visiting your garden this time of year, you’re getting extra health benefits too! Fresh air, sunshine (vitamin D boost anyone?), and interaction with nature can help lower blood pressure and decrease stress throughout the holiday season. Take a break and check out that artistic ice crystal mother nature created on a sleeping seed head.
While you’re staying cozy inside this winter, it’s never too early to begin planning your landscape improvements for the spring. If you’re thinking about creating a native garden in your space that’s both beautiful and beneficial to local wildlife, stay tuned for more details about Nature in the City’s native garden in a box, available in spring 2019!