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By: Garden Design

This week we’re taking a look at shapes and patterns in the garden: discover a shape-shifting shrub that looks good all year, add curves for grace and mystery, and play with patterns and texture with bark. Plus, learn how to protect container plants in winter, sign up for online holiday workshops, and get whisked away to some of the most amazing private gardens of Europe.

Shape-Shifting Boxwood

There aren’t many shrubs that can take shape like boxwoods. Whether it’s a hedge, globe, spiral, or even an elephant topiary, boxwoods have you covered. Learn more about this evergreen, deer-resistant shrub that can be grown in Zones 4 through 9. You’ll also find alternatives if boxwood blight is an issue in your area.

Add Color and Texture to Winter Gardens

Each species of tree has its own unique bark pattern that adds texture and color to the garden—especially when exposed in winter after the leaves have fallen. See 8 trees with incredible winter coats, plus get tips for designing with bark.

NYBG’s Online Holiday Workshops

Discover festive ways to bring the fall and winter holiday season to life at home with online workshops from NYBG Adult Education. From botanical mixology to arranging a Thanksgiving tabletop floral centerpiece, there are classes to guide you in creating seasonal décor or plant-based recipes! Browse all classes.

Adventures in Eden: Win It Before You Can Buy It!

In Carolyn Mullet’s upcoming book, you’ll take an intimate tour of private gardens of Europe, where you’ll be whisked away inside 50 stunning gardens of Belgium, Ireland, Scandinavia, and Wales—just to name a few! Full of rich photography and brief histories, this book will also make a great gift. Photos by Dario Fusaro and Claire Takacs.

Bonus: Adventures in Eden doesn’t come out until December 8th, but we have advance copies we’re giving away to our newsletter readers! Simply forward this newsletter to a friend by clicking here and you’ll be entered to win. For a bonus chance to enter, look for the giveaway on our Instagram page too! You can also preorder a copy here.

Create an Enticing Garden

Discover 8 design tips that will help you create a truly remarkable landscape, including using curves to add grace, beauty, softness, and even mystery to your garden.

5 Tips for Overwintering Containers

Don’t turn your container-planted perennials into annuals by killing them in cold weather. Learn how to properly prepare and care for them to ensure they’ll survive the winter and be ready to shine again in spring.

Holiday Décor

In need of some new décor this holiday season? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite items that will bring holiday cheer to your home and garden.

Gift Guide

There’s no need to venture out into the cold to find the perfect gifts. Stay cozy at home and check out these Garden Design favorites.