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A true gardener is one who knows what needs done during the winter and autumn months of the year.  As autumn comes, and the beautiful colors appear, there is much that needs to be done to your plants to keep their disposition pleasing.

Autumn affords the gardener the opportunity for the aggregation of scattered beauties. By doing this, a more spectacular effect may be created once more before the winter brings us indoors.

During the autumn, we notice the distinction of two main colors, the reds and the yellows. These appear in mass quantities. The colors provide beautiful views, as well as excellent contrast to the greens of pines that remain through the winter months.

There is no other time when the eye would find such gaudiness appealing. We enjoy the turning of the leaves, and the cold blustery winds that bring the change. It is our final chance to enjoy the beauty of nature, before winter takes her toll.

The gardener can use this time to mass together all the gorgeous fall colors, create a stunning picture. Passer-Byers will stop and admire the deep and bold hues before retreating into the warmth of their heated homes.

Winter does not mean the gardener must leave his garden. Midwinter offers some of the most ornamental plants that will keep a gardener busy creating masterpieces. The garden certainly is not secluded to bleakness and desolation with the falling of the snow. Evergreens take up refuge, creating a beautiful contrast to the winter whites.

The variety of the Evergreens is greater than one may suspect. You can arrange smaller trees or shrubbery with Evergreens that combine the browns and greens to create pleasing hues. Plants to consider include the Golden willow, the Golden spinea and the Red branched dogwood.

There are corners of the garden that are rather noticeable from the windows of the living rooms and these are the areas that some sort of scene should be created from the winter bleakness. If such spots are chosen for beautiful winter effects the designer has gained another triumph.

Be careful to avoid the idea of forming alike groupings, as this is a common beginner mistake. This is a very easy thing to do. To avoid this mistake, the gardener needs to see the sameness into which he is falling. This he can best do in his own work by directing his imagination to construct before him the various finished groups.

It is extremely unlikely that the individual plants will be placed in homologous positions you are setting the groupings by precise tape measured placements. If you have a working imagination it will not be difficult to compare the probable final effects of two groups, and determine with satisfactory accuracy if the two will look alike twenty years hence.