For me, structure includes evergreens, trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses and good old New Hampshire granite. Some of the more useful evergreens in my garden are: Pinus korainesis 'Morris Blue', Picea orientalis 'Gowdy', Buxus 'Green Gem', Juniper scopulotum 'Skyrocket' and Taxus x media 'Hicksii'. Some favorite grasses are: Miscanthus 'Giganteus' and sinensis 'Morning Light', Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' and brachytricha. Additional trees that I haven't mentioned in the previous blog are: the katsura tree, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Parrotia persica and the spectacularly branching Aralia elata 'Aureovariegata' and Cornus controversa 'Variegata'.
Last December, the devastating ice storm that southern New Hampshire experienced, provided a stunning and glittering spectacle. Boxwoods, arborvitae and a crabapple tree are put to great advantage with an inch-thick ice coating in the upper level of my garden. Even the brick edging comes to life in the morning sunshine. Many of my gardening friends who experienced tragic losses were still able to appreciate the breathtaking beauty that Mother Nature provided that momentous day.