The 60'x8' patch of earth that lies between our driveway and the neighbor's yard has slowly evolved over the 11 years we've owned our home. It was originally four young trees (three sweetgums and a crabapple), equidistant vertical islands in a sea of bluegrass. In the fall of 2010, I dug out the last 250 or so square feet of turf and planted a variety of shrubs and bulbs. My hope was to have a brilliant spring show and then work on planting perennials and annuals over the summer. The results during the growing season exceeded my expectations, but I'll admit that I hadn't given much thought to how the border would look in winter.