A Winter Meadow: Full of Life and Art 

A Winter Meadow: Full of Life and Art 

January 23, 2024

In the heart of winter, a meadow trades the bright purples, yellows, and shades of green of the growing season for softer shades of sepia and brown. These muted tones could fool us into thinking not much is happening this time of year, but in reality, life is everywhere when you look for its clues – and careful observation yields beautiful, art-filled results.

Verbena hastata, blue vervain
Winter interest times two ~ native plants and sculpture.
Solidago, goldenrod
Echinacea, coneflower
Soft and ethereal in the snow
Stoke’s aster ~ dormant phase
From a design perspective, dark seed cones bring a dramatic note and vertical accent to a garden’s winter picture.

Introducing Our New Designer

Hand-drawn garden design
A recent hand-drawn favorite.


Darylynn joined Dan’s design team last season after moving here from Manhattan where she recently traded fashion for flowers. She comes to Holmes Fine Gardens with a background in designing shoes and accessories. Designing gardens is a natural transition she’s just as passionate about.

As they say…once a creative, always a creative.

Her newest accessory? Nature!


Enjoy this fun Q&A to get to know a little bit

about Darylynn


What’s one interesting fact about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone? That my favorite movies are from the 1920s to 1940s and that I will stop whatever I’m doing if a Fred Astaire movie is on.


If you were a flower, what kind of flower would you be and why? The Calla Lily because it symbolizes gratitude.


If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why? Flying because birds seem to be having a blast!


Last thing you read? The second edition of “Feel Free” magazine, founded by interior designer Leanne Ford.


What part of the day is your favorite & why? The crack of dawn to catch the sunrise. It’s a magical occurrence you can count on daily – pure beauty.


Favorite garden style? I am obsessed with topiary and meadows – British and French-style gardens are a big source of inspiration.


When you’re not working at HFG where can we find you? Hiking with my two loves, my husband Joseph and my fox terrier Fonzie.


Something, not many people know about you?” I collect bugs. The star of my collection is a dragonfly.


Finish this sentence, “I find garden design” … I find garden design fascinating.


What part of the garden design process do you enjoy most? I enjoy the whole process but if I had to pick just one aspect, it would be sketching the actual garden because that’s the moment the design starts to come to life.


Are you a country mouse or a city mouse? A city mouse masquerading as a country mouse.


Do you have a landscape architect muse? Yes, Geoffrey Jellicoe – he had a long-distinguished career. #LifeGoals