Winter Interest in the Garden

Many gardeners think of the fourth season as a time for rest, but winter can be interesting and fun to plan for a bold, appealing landscape. While most of us plan our landscapes for bloom times in spring and summer, there are many plants offering color and texture appeal for the cold season landscape.

Winter Beauty in Your Landscape

Winter is a time of special beauty and interest. Berries sparkle on shrubs under a layer of frost and ice, while other shrubs have shades of bronze leaves that cling and rattle in winter breezes. The leafless branches of larger trees cast dramatic shadows across the freshly fallen snow. Bark hidden by the leaves of summer stands out gorgeously in the winter. Barks of silvery gray, white, green, yellow, purple or red hues add a burst of color when the landscape is covered in white. Even barks that are deeply fissured, sleek as satin, peeling in thin layers or curiously pocked by a pitted surface give interest to a wonderful winter landscape. Dried grasses stand out in bright contrast against the backdrop of dark evergreens, shaking snow off their delicate heads. There is even the surprising yellow ribbon-like blooms of witch-hazel which flower in mid-winter or the delicate lavenders and blues of tiny species of crocuses under the snow. Pansies are also a gr

eat addition for late-season winter color in your flowerbeds. Everywhere you look, there can be beauty in the winter landscape.

Top Plants for Winter Interest

Many different plants offer interesting features that reach their full potential in the winter landscape. Popular options include…

  • Paperbark Maple (Acer grisium)
  • Threadleaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum dissectum)
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifalia)
  • Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)
  • Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’)
  • Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’)
  • Winter Dephne (Daphne odora)
  • Common Snow Drops (Galanthus nivalis)
  • Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  • Christmas Rose (Heleboris niger)
  • Chinese witch-hazel (Hamamelis mollis)
  • Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) Need female and male plant for berries
  • Christmas fern (Polystichun acrostichoides)
  • Common Camellia (Camellia japonica)
  • Heathers/Heaths

Want our experts to help you plan the best landscape design for all four seasons? Fill out our Landscape Request Form and we’ll contact you to schedule a consultation.

 

Exciting Trees + Shrubs for 2018

March 13, 2018
 
Every year our Nursery Manager searches far and wide for a great selection of trees and shrubs, from the tried and true must-haves, to the unique and hard-to-find items that plant collectors seek. We asked our Nursery Manager, Vic, to give us his top picks to keep an eye out for this season. Follow the links to learn more about each plant.
 
Golden Duchess Hemlock-dwarf hemlock with golden yellow foliage
 
Golden Spirit Smoke Tree-foliage emerges lime green, matures to brilliant gold in summer, then turns coral, orange and red in fall.
 
Licorice Lollypop Hydrangeaelectric pink double mophead flowers held upright on glossy black stems

Holger Juniper

 
Holger Junipertwo toned foliage. new growth is yellow backed by deep blue-green foliage
 
Dolcemente Rhododendron-salmon pink ruffled flowers with a yellow throat
 
Lemon Dream Rhododendron-soft pastel yellow flowers
 
Itoh Peonies-prolific bloomers and get a second set of blooms, resistant to blight

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