The first post of 2014 is a wide shot of the garden for the meme sponsored by Heather at Xericstyle on the first of each month. It's been cold and colder this year and I can't remember so many gray days in a row. Eventually we will see the sun again and wish for a few clouds to break the monotony.
Plan your garden for winter is the advice of many garden books and I definitely considered winter when planning the front garden with choices of evergreen, ever-silver, and ever-gold plants. The basic plants don't change much at all through the year. This angle shows the gold leaves of Pomegranate 'Wonderful' and the red berries on the Nandina add color to the garden when blooms are scarce.
The Yucca 'Color Guard' is an especially bright spot on cloudy days so I might add more but I don't want to detract from the shiny silver plants nearer the house. It's hard to beat that Agave ovatifolia for year-round interest.
The circle garden in the back yard is meant to be full of blooms in summer so January is not its turn to shine. The perennials will not be cut back until late winter/early spring to discourage sprouting and provide cover for creatures needing shelter or seeds. Some plants have retained their green foliage and they, along with silvery germander and the tawny grasses, make the garden look quite a bit better than I had expected at this time of year. Again we see pomegranates along the right side though these have dropped most of their leaves already.
I'm enjoying this opportunity to evaluate my garden throughout the year. To see wide shots of other blogger's gardens check out the comments section at Xericstyle.