Bringing cuttings into your home isn’t just for the summer flower garden. With some planning, you can easily plant an interesting landscape that doubles as a source of cut greens and berries for your fall and winter table, too.
When choosing plants, think about landscape design first and material for cutting second. A combination of berry producing plants, conifers, deciduous shrubs and broad-leafed evergreens will add interest to your garden year-round. I like to think of these plants as the bones of your garden. When choosing them, think about texture and color. Aim for a range of greens, yellows, and variegated foliage, dense to airy branch structures, and a variety of berry colors. This will make your landscape design more interesting and provide more to work with when choosing which greens to cut.
New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill CEO Grace Elton and Director of Horticulture Mark Richardson. Located on 171 acres in Boylston. New England Botanic Garden creates experiences with plants that inspire people and improve the world. Learn more at www.nebg.org. The column is published on the third Sunday of the month.