Winter can be tough for gardeners. The short days and miserable weather often feel like something to endure rather than enjoy: a time to prune plants, tidy up sheds and wait for spring to return. Even seasoned horticulturalists hunker down in winter, and it’s understandable if those less green-fingered assume their garden is just lying dormant in the colder months. Yet winter is a crucial, if blunt, season. Nothing can bloom year-round and most perennial plants will hibernate beneath the earth, gathering energy for the long days ahead. Some, however, take advantage of the quietude of winter to unearth themselves, blooming in the dimmer days. Of these, the hellebores are perhaps the most reliable This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fifty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 51 Wild Life Ornamental grasses for spring gardens. Arts & Culture Issue 51 Emily Gernild The Danish painter breathing new life into an old medium. Arts & Culture Food Issue 51 Imogen Kwok The artist takes food styling quite literally, creating accessories out of fruits and vegetables. Arts & Culture Design Issue 51 How to Make a Chair And do it on a tiny budget. Arts & Culture Issue 51 Odd Jobs The comedian with strong opinions about your home décor. Arts & Culture Issue 51 Tall Order The hidden depths of height.