Winter Interest Plants Add Color and Beauty to Your Yard
Eight bold winter interest plants that are sure to provide a wonderland of color, form and beauty to your landscape.
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Winter Interest Plants: Mountain Ash
These winter interest plants are bursting with beauty. Red-orange berry clusters cling through winter and provide much-needed color against a gray sky. In fall, enjoy fernlike leaves that turn yellow to red before dropping. This native plant is tolerant of strong winds and serves as a vital food source for birds, especially hungry cedar and Bohemian waxwings.
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Bursting with bright red berries that last through winter, this deer resistant shrub thrives in cold, windy areas and withstands damage from salt spray. Use it to edge driveways or line retaining walls. With several species available, the options are endless.
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The workhorse of the winter garden, boxwood adds color and structure. Its natural form is pretty, or you can prune it into a flat hedge or round orb in spring. It also grows in containers and is drought tolerant. Winter Gem is a reliable beauty to consider.
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Create intrigue in an otherwise barren garden with elegant stems and plumes that stand at attention and sway with a whisper of winter wind. Ornamental grasses also make a terrific source of shelter and food for songbirds. Learn which native grasses you should plant for birds and butterflies. Plant them in masses for big impact and cut them back in early spring. Feather reed grass is a striking, sterile option.
It’s low maintenance, resilient and ignored by most pests. In addition, witch hazel provides a wow factor with spidery flowers in hues of yellow, orange, red, copper and purple that bloom in fall or winter into early spring. Not only does this plant light up the dormant landscape, but it’s fragrant, too. Grow it as a small tree or a large shrub.
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Best known for presenting a springtime show, these flowering trees also produce red, orange and yellow fruits that appear in fall and persist into winter. They offer a pop of color against snowy gardens and provide food for birds. For a small yard, consider Tina or Firebird. Both are disease resistant with vibrant fruits.
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Red Twig Dogwood
With red branches that look like coral in a wintry sea, this cold-hardy native stuns. At home in woodland and rain gardens, dogwood shines in every season. Cut old stems back in spring to optimize color on new growth.
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Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick
This odd-shaped shrub is a conversation starter with bright yellow catkins that dangle from twisty branches. Plant Harry Lauder’s walking stick where everyone can appreciate its one-of-a-kind silhouette.
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