We all strive for a landscape that looks beautiful when the weather is warm and the flowers are blooming, but we can’t forget that landscaping exists year-round.
Even in the winter, when the flowers are dormant and snow is on the ground, you can still create a landscape with visual appeal.
Winter Garden Picks
Here's how to make sure your landscape isn't empty during the winter months.
These hearty trees and shrubs will a beautiful color in your landscape. Healthy evergreens look great all year, even with a light coating of snow and frost.
Some of our favorite evergreens are Boxwood, False Cypress, and Globosa Spruce. These are all great options to add slight variety in green, blue-green color to your landscaping.
With many varieties available, have been a staple in the common landscape for years. They’re hardy, easy to trim, and beautiful!
The two most common options for boxwood are the round-form -such as Winter Green or Winter Gem- and a pyramidal-shaped variety -such as Green Mountain.
We like to use the round varieties in groupings, typically in odd numbers, while the pyramid-shaped varieties look nice as an accent to an entryway. Planting one on each side of the front sidewalk can really add an accent to your home’s entrance!
This is a great evergreen if you’re looking for something a little more unique. These have a more yellow-green color, instead of the typical green that you see with boxwoods or yews. Along with its unique color, False Cypress also have a very interesting shape. The natural “mopping” form is very soft-looking, and requires no pruning! Because the branches don’t stick straight out, these don’t tend to outgrow their planting area (as long as you plan ahead for the mature size).
Globosa Spruce is another evergreen that has a beautiful color and requires no pruning! These have the same blue color as a Colorado Blue Spruce but stay around 3'-4’ tall and 4'-5’ wide at full maturity.
These are best used as a specimen plant, and not as a grouping of multiple ones together. The highly attractive color can really stand out against your landscaping and add a lot of appeal.
More Winter Choices
A few other plants that can add winter interest are grasses, ferns, coral bells, and even some hydrangeas. Even though all these plants go dormant in the winter, they all have something to offer.
Some varieties of ferns and coral bells are considered semi-evergreen, meaning the foliage will retain its color all year long. Ferns come in lots of sizes and colors, so you can create a booming fern garden and enjoy it all year long.
Whether tall or short, fountain grasses get a beautiful cream color in the winter. They still look beautiful when they’re swaying in the wind, and when they have a layer of snow. Like ferns, there are a lot of varieties in different heights and colors. They are so easy to care for, too!
Cold weather can't hide coral bells' beauty. Lovely shades of purple and green make a nice accent on your winter walk.
The ever-popular hydrangea doesn't disappoint in the wintertime. They offer a similar appeal to grasses in the winter months. When the bloom-heads dry out, they transform into colors ranging from cream to gold to brown. They can add a lot of texture in an otherwise boring landscape. You'll also see them in dried arrangements for winter pot-scaping containers.
Contact Designer Landscapes to get some of these plants in your garden to enjoy next winter!