We don’t get much snow at Dawn Gardens since the elevation is only 1300′. But this year we got a little snow – just enough to bring winter beauty to the garden but not enough to cause damage.
Here are a couple of videos taken on golf cart rides through the garden:
The Camellia garden
Dawn Gardens as viewed from the street.
Here are a couple of other videos showing the snow adding some sparkle to the central part of the gardens:
Some winter interest in the garden comes from the plants that produce fruit at that time:
Washington Thorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum)
Persimmon (Diospyros kaki)
European Cranberry Bush (Viburnum opulus)
Crabapple (Malus ‘Strawberry Parfait‘)
Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus)
A few plants have colored leaves due to the cold weather:
Creeping Mahonia (Mahonia repens)
Geranium sanguineum ‘Mac Frei’
Multicolor Heather (Calluna vulgaris ‘Multicolor’)
Some plants go into winter dormancy later in December or January:
Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Forester’)
Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’
Some of the early Daffodils are starting to bloom such as this ‘Paperwhite’:
One of the other bulbs that bloom in the winter is Common Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis):
Many varieties of Hellebores bloom in the winter. This is Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’:
There are many beautiful mushrooms coming up in the garden in the winter. Unfortunately I don’t know their names.