Considerations for your Winter Landscape

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If you are like most people, you have spent quite a bit of time this winter season looking out your window at the weather of the day. In doing so, you may have noticed a beautiful berry or branching pattern, or even a flower in your landscape. Your decision to install such an appealing winter plant was a good one, because you will most likely receive beauty from this plant the year round. Generally speaking, plants do have the ability to enhance the winter landscape, it’s just a matter of properly selecting the right plant for the garden. Some characteristics to consider when planning for your landscape’s winter season are:

• Winter Flowers – Some woody plants, perennials, and bulbs flower during the coldest months of the year. These special plants thaw our memories of spring, and warmer weather.
• Berries – Many trees, shrubs, and groundcovers produce berries, some persisting well into winter, if not beyond. These plants can be quite showy, in both evergreen and deciduous forms.
• Evergreens – These plants typically provide the only “green” in the winter landscape. Careful selections in size and form can create much needed winter structure in any garden.
• Bark – The colors, textures, and patterns of plant bark can be fantastic additions to your winter landscape. This is the season where mottled coloring and exfoliating bark steal the show!
• Branching Patterns – From the gnarly stems of Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick to the delicate branching pattern of the Flowering Dogwood, wintertime brings the opportunity to see the beautiful structure that is hidden for a large portion of the year.

Consider these characteristics as you plan your next garden addition or renovation. Given that winter is such a long, cold season, why not warm it up a bit with some of nature’s most beautiful gifts?

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