Day 4: beauty in the wreckage

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

Maybe this should have been tidied away in autumn. But I’m glad it wasn’t.

Maybe this should have been tidied away in autumn. But I’m glad it wasn’t.

Beauty in the wreckage, Dan Pearson calls it. The dead stuff you could have tidied away in autumn, but gives structure and brings a little magic to the garden in winter, particularly – though not exclusively – after frost. Tall stems of perennials with their sculptural seed heads, grasses gone silvery-grey, or just the curlicues of old sweet pea stems on their supports, drawing calligraphy in the winter air. Slovenliness has its place in the garden.


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