December in Color

Wind, rain, cold and ice all take a toll on the appearance of the garden. Although we attempt to present a four-season garden to the community there are still some things that cannot be controlled. It is a cycle and that is exactly why the Japanese community celebrates the coming of spring (cherry blossom) a new beginning. For the winter our efforts are to promote clean and crisp in the garden. Colors include the brilliant reds from the dwarf nandina, snake bark maple, berries of the nandina domestica, reds from the holly, reds from the cotoneaster, blacks from the Mondo grasses, the dark grit of the pathway and the brilliant greens from the moss that cover the boulders and tree limbs. Do not forget those yellows from the euonymus and again the variegated yellows of the Aucuba Japonica.