U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My Garden in January (Pacific Northwest, zone 7b)

If I look at my garden right now, it appears that there will be an early spring.

Fir trees, boxwoods, Japanese ilex, grass and moss provide green color all year around.

I still keep some dry perennial stalks. The birds check them for leftover seeds from time to time. And, I still hope to see snow on them one day. We might get snow later in January and even as late as March.

Joe Pye Weed


Joe Pye Weed

Russian sage and Monarda

Somehow, shrub roses manage to keep several flowers and buds pink:


They attract an eye right away against the rather brown background in my perennial flowerbed:

Raspberry stalks have an interesting purplish color. Our mild winters here in the Pacific Northwest don't require bending them to the ground and covering with soil as we used to do in our Russian garden long ago.

In winter, moss becomes a star in the garden. Gray sky and plenty of moisture speed up its growth. I try to restrict it from spreading on the lawn. Applying lime helps a bit. Lime doesn't kill acid-loving moss, but it increases the PH of soil. In spring, I remove it with a rake and hands, then I put grass seeds down. I don't try to totally get rid of moss as it's impossible. But, I try to control it and keep it in the areas of the garden where it looks good.

Anywhere else beyond the lawn, moss is welcome. I like to use it in containers - outside and inside.
It looks great around paperwhites for example.

Big lacey heads of Hydrangea look lovely:

Mondo grass has its cute earrings on:

Chives grow wildly in my kitchen garden. I tried to remove their purple heads on a timely basis. Otherwise, it can take the whole bed.

There are some flowers on the Campanula, Alyssum, Calendula, hardy Fuchsia and Helleborus foetidus:


Tree fuchsia

Temperature is above freezing. What a mild, green winter!

Light morning frost on the nearby golf course.

***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS


  1. Hi Tatyana, the garden is still looking great, plenty of winter interest. And the statue with the mossy is gorgeous!

  2. Love the pictures, especially the moss-man. Hurry spring!

  3. I love all of the textures in your garden. How wonderful that you are still getting those little touches of color. Your statue with the moss is just so pretty. Makes it look like it has been there forever.LOL! I have a lot of moss creeping into the shady spots. I like touches of it too and use it for my containers. Here it is an alternative to bare clay dirt. Your pictures are gorgeous as always. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Oh my, I envy you your moss! That is certainly one thing that we don't have here in San Diego inland. The humidity level and the rain fall is simply way too low. Yours looks so great in the urn and on the head of the sculpture! I like that you kept the flower stalks of many plants, they add so much interest to the garden and it only can get better with snow on them. Your garden looks always pretty even at this time of the year. I guess that is the art of gardening and you certainly have it down!

  5. It's been an exceptionally mild winter so far in western Europe too.

    I love your moss.

  6. Beautiful green garden ! Love the moss, and the fuchsia and everything else. Have a nice sunday, Tanya !

  7. Love the winter scenes, beauty even in the 'barren' months. That moss on the statue head is great!!! Love the parting shot of the early morning mist on the golf course...beautiful.

  8. How lucky you are to have all that green this time of year, just beautiful! We are all white right now, finally got snow and really cold temps. We were really spoiled with the mild weather up until now.


  9. Your garden looks just as lovely in the winter as it does in the summer! We have had a mild winter here with many things blooming way before they are supposed to. I hope my garden doesn't get too confused! carla

  10. We've had such a mild winter here in NC as well. I love all your moss - so lush and green!

  11. My grass is still green and a few plants refuse to go dormant. I love your fuchsia and moss covered lady. I'm still convinced winter is coming. I think she's just teasing us first. happy Gardening!

  12. Ah, it was so nice to see the green. I have a foot of snow here. Beautiful photos.

  13. Beautiful and not long now till the Spring explodes.

  14. Tatyana, it is so good to see what is in your garden in Winter, and photographed beautifully. Not quite so much happening here as yet.

  15. It's been a mild winter here so far too, though cold the last few days after snow on Thursday.

    Nice to see green, and color in your garden Tatyana, especially now that it's mostly white here!

  16. We've had a really mild winter so far, though our first proper frosts came this weekend so I'm sure they will kill off all the flowers which are blooming out of season, and put paid to the lush green fields.

  17. It surely has been a mild winter. I'm down in Sunriver, Or right now and we got a dusting of snow overnight. What a treat! I hear the weather is changing too on the west side this weekend. Enjoyed your photo's! Cheers, Jenni

  18. Winter has bee present here this week. I will send back to you if you want. g.

  19. Beautiful - I love your statues. Are you getting snow today - we're getting our first little bit! Still hoping for an early spring and long hot summer in the PNW!

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  21. Thank you everyone! Love your comments and see you on your blogs!


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