OK ... I did use a little fish hook to get you here with this post title .. winter does this to me and the domino affect is that I do these types of posts ... humor me ?
Truly though ... twisted plants are magnetic .. you wonder how they stay so ... twisted ?
The one in particular that I am highlighting is my corylus avellana "Red Majestic", aka ... corkscrew hazelnut, also known as "Harry Lauder's Walking Stick" of another colour.
A small contorted tree or large convoluted shrub. Take your pick.
I prefer to see it as an a amazing little tree.
It is gorgeous in the Spring as the leaves open to a deep dramatic burgundy.
Then through summer the leaves turn green but still very pretty because of it's twisted nature and generously crinkled foliage.
Fall brings the copper tones and in winter it's shape is accentuated more so because of it's bare branches and snow which cooperates on those special days that it is "sticky snow" like sticky rice ?
My Japanese maples also show off their beautiful bare shoulders in winter .. along with their companion plantings.
The little companion plant is Dream Catcher Kolkwitzia. I have turned it into a mounding shrub.
OK .. I have to let this word out of the box because it is sort of fun... juxtaposition : ) goofy sounding but sums it all up with many a planting I do in the gardens.
Outright eye candy when this season gets on your last nerve and stomps on it.
These plantings assume a completely different personality in this season (heck, so do I )
It goes without saying that you can also plan out your pruning by seeing those bare beauties.
Another one of my twisted features is the skeleton of my Bittersweet vine ..
I think I mentioned I had to "cut ties" with it because it kept insisting that it was meant to be in our neighbor's back garden as well as mine .. just too proud of itself ?
Once I trim out the excess arms ? it will enable the clematis I have waiting in the wings, to scramble up this arbor without me going bonkers tying it up.
Looking backwards I think you can see my design idea for "over hang" from assorted trees and shrubs, that envelope you as you walk the flagstone path.
I love that feeling of melting into the garden and the secretive atmosphere.
One last touch that brightens up the winter garden are a few weather worthy ornaments.
Coloured ones such as this truly are eye candy, especially if a bit of sun hits them on those teasing days.