small treePhotos by Laura Arsie

More survival tips

  • Parker sets stone troughs against the sheltering wall of the house and covers them with plastic; dwarf yucca and barberries have all survived with this treatment.
  • He places pots containing succulents on and under a chair, and covers the whole lot with a plastic chair cover from the dollar store.
  • Plants in ceramic containers can be sunk in their pots in the ground, as many bonsai growers do. Parker has only a few ceramic pots but finds they winter over safely above ground if covered with plastic to prevent damaging freeze-thaw cycles.

Keep reading for Barry Parker’s garden and more of his plant collection in Small Worlds.