By Lorraine Spooner
Winter is the perfect season to re-assess the garden when the bare bones of its structure are revealed, without spring or summer enhancement in the form of foliage and flowers. The tracery of beautiful branches is silhouetted against the winter sun and the still, frosty atmosphere brings an ethereal quality to the landscape. For many, winter is the least popular season for gardening, but it is unrivalled in its ability to set the heart racing with endless possibilities to introduce extra dimensions and make exciting planting plans!
Principles and elements of garden design should work together to create a cohesive whole and establish a strong sense of presence in the garden – their interaction with each other reinforces balance and harmony, whether your desire is to create an illusion of space or distance, install a focal point to actively encourage advancement, or to divide an uncultivated expanse into hidden secret enclosures waiting to be explored.