At the beginning of every winter you can find me dragging heavy wooden teepees out of the barn to protect my most vulnerable plants. It’s a winter garden chore I look forward to about as much as I do the return of the black flies in the spring.
We originally designed much of our garden here at Juniper Hill for winter interest and one way we accomplished this was to install an abundance of evergreen hedges and boxwoods. The deer that have been known to raid and plunder our garden over the years all seem eternally grateful for the decision to install the hedges. Their keen interest in this particular design element worries me constantly. Even though we put up protective deer fencing every winter, I spend countless hours inspecting yews and arborvitaes for signs of nibbling.