Winter Interest in the Garden

Light up your tree's branches for a pretty winter effect (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

For some gardeners, winter is the most exciting time in the garden. The garden will show its “bones” and structure silhouette for admiration, or possibly modification for a new look next year. Either way, it’s a great time to check out what tree, shrub, or plant needs to be pruned, moved, or just left alone to thrive. Winter interest in the garden is a gardener’s delight.

My Nandina is full of berries this winter! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
My Nandina is full of berries this winter! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Oakleaf Hydrangea has gorgeous peeling bark in winter (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Oakleaf Hydrangea has gorgeous peeling bark in winter (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Burford Holly berries in abundance in my yard (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Burford Holly berries in abundance in my yard (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Examples of plants, bushes, and trees that you can add to your garden for winter interest include:
– Plants that have berries
– Evergreens that stay green all winter
– Shrubs that retain their leaves
– Ornamental grasses
– Plants with seeds or seed pods that remain all winter
– Trees and shrubs with interesting bark
– Bulbs that flower in winter or early Spring

Tree branches in the snow (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Tree branches in the snow (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Evergreens add winter interest to your landscape (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Evergreens add winter interest to your landscape (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Tete-a-tetes in the snow (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Tete-a-tetes in the snow (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Gorgeous evergreens for purchase at Merrifield Garden Center (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Gorgeous evergreens for purchase at Merrifield Garden Center (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Hardscapes such as stone paths, stone walls, decorative boulders, and even stone-and-boulder-wrapped fish ponds really shine in the winter. With little greenery around them during winter, your hardscapes can show off as your garden’s best cold weather features.

Boulders and evergreens at the pond will provide winter interest (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Boulders and evergreens at the pond will provide winter interest (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Snow at the Fish Pond (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Snow at the Fish Ponds (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Light up your shrubs and tree branches for bright night splendor.

Light up your tree's branches for a pretty winter effect (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Light up your tree’s branches for a pretty winter effect (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

What are your favorite garden elements that shine in the winter? Share yours with a comment!

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