February 2014: What is winter structure?

In these articles and often at this time of year I refer to something that I call winter structure. In case you aren’t really clear about what winter structure is exactly I thought it might be a good idea to explain it. The two photographs shown here are of the same garden, one photo taken in high summer, the other taken in the depths of winter. Because the living room and bedroom windows of the house overlook the garden it was important that I produce a scene that had all-year-around interest. The summer scene contains all the elements of bright colour, height, structure, and focal point. The winter scene provides interest via the various shapes, heights, patterns, focal points and contrast in textures. Although this garden is large in scale the same rules of winter structure apply to spaces of any size, grand, large, small or tiny.