Winter is the time of year when everything in your landscape dies, or goes so dormant that the landscape looks dead. You're probably used to this, but it doesn't have to be that way. With smart landscape choices, you can incorporate winter color onto your property. These tips will help.
There are several types of evergreen shrub that bloom in late summer or fall and carry berries through the early- to mid-winter months. Here are a few examples:
Witch-Hazel, a Plant that Flowers in Winter
Next to your berry-covered shrubs, leave room for the winter blooming flower known as witch hazel. With strange-shaped blossoms that explode like little pom-poms, witch hazel stands out against a snow-covered lawn, with its bright yellow buds blazing. As a side note, the leaf, bark and twigs of witch hazel is believed to have medicinal properties, but don't use witch hazel unless you know the preparation techniques and proper dosages.
Some shrubs are beautiful even when they're not in bloom and don't have leaves. These plants have colorful bark that stands in contrast with the gray skies and blustery cold.
Want more suggestions? Looking for other ways to introduce color to your winter landscape? Now is the time to contact a landscape professional. Your landscape designer can give you advice, make suggestions and help you discover which plants will work well on your property.Share
11 November 2015
I have one area behind my home that is so swampy that I could not do anything with it. I figured that I would embrace the excessive moisture and find a way to incorporate it into the landscape design. I started working with a landscape professional to learn what plants would look great, absorb some of the water and require little to no maintenance throughout the year. He helped me find some great solutions for the problem and now, I don't look out my back window and see an ugly swamp, I see a serene environment that I love to call mine.