St Andrew’s Day Snow

I know I live in Scotland, and we are supposed to get snow in the winter months, but the first snow has been getting earlier and earlier for the past few years. ┬áLast year, it was in the run up to Christmas; the year before, we had our first snowfall in early December, but this year we had snow in Dollar in the run up to St Andrew’s Day and it is still snowing now. ┬áSo, here is my front garden in the snow…

Remember the frosted buddleia seed heads from my last blog? Well, here they are again, bedecked with snow. Pretty good value for a shrub which seeded itself into this spot, and which grows a couple of metres high each summer before bursting into bloom and attracting masses of butterflies. I cut mine down to about 60cm each March, and off it goes again…


It is important to have good structure in the garden in the winter months and evergreens do this job very well. This Buxus ball is well nigh hidden by the surrounding herbaceous planting in the summer months but it comes into its own at this time of year, providing a strong focal point amidst the bare twigs in the quiescent border. I use them a lot in my clients’ gardens, to provide the same effect.


Traditionally, evergreens have been the plants of choice for winter structure, but the introduction of ornamental grasses and strong, architectural herbaceous plants into our planting repertoire achieves the same effect. Here Miscanthus sinensis forms a fitting back drop for the snow capped seed heads of Phlomis russeliana. These get cut to the ground in about February, just as the early spring bulbs start to draw the eye. Great value plants.

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