This winter – amiright?

We had some milder temps and a lot of rain over the last week and I am finally able to see some of my gardens again. They’ve been buried under mountains of snow for what feels like months, and I’m so excited for any glimpse of green.

This is the time of year when I allow myself to believe that winter is on the way out, and I’ll soon be back “in the dirt”, tending my garden beds and planters.

This is also the perfect time to start planning for any changes you’ll be making this upcoming season – whether you’ll be amending an existing garden or planting a new one.


And one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my more than 10 years of designing gardens is to plan for all four seasons. While it’s tempting to focus on the warm weather months – and all of the vibrant and exciting colors to be found – it is just as important to think about what your garden will look like when there’s nothing in bloom.

fountain grass

A true “4-seasons” garden incorporates lots of colorful perennials for sure – but it also employs plants with beautiful foliage, unusual bark and striking seedheads. This ensures that there is always something interesting to gaze upon, no matter the time of year.


In VRAI Magazine this month I’ve shared my tried-and-true tips for creating a garden that shines in every season – along with my favorite plants that help me get the job done.

I hope this inspires you to get out there and start planning – spring is in two days! We made it!

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