Plants for Winter Interest

Plants in your garden can provide a beautiful outdoor space for the spring and summer months, but what happens in your garden when the cool fall breeze sets in and things begin to go dormant for winter? With the right plants and design, your winter garden can still function as a sanctuary from the world that is both engaging and beautiful, regardless of the time of year. 

Shrubs and grasses can bring depth and movement to still or bland scenery, some are noted for their berries, such as Winterberry or Viburnum, while others like Dog Woods, are used to highlight usual bark or branch structure, The blooms of a Panicle Hydrangea remain sturdy through the harsh weather, and another way to liven up your landscape is to include perennials that attract birds such as Black-eyed Susans, Coneflowers, and Sedum. Leaving the dried seed heads up through the season will provide food for wildlife.