Being in the commercial landscape industry for what seems like forever and a day, we hear a lot of the same questions year after year. A common question we’re usually asked around this time of year is, “What can I do to create some color in the winter landscape?” No doubt, people love to see bright, vibrant colors in their landscaping (those colors usually associated with the warmer months) so finding plants that add interest to the winter landscape can be quite the challenge.
Lucky for you, PFG is here to help! By combining the following annuals, perennials, and shrubs listed below, you can create a dazzling color display to an otherwise dull winter landscape.
A true Northern beauty. There is nothing like this plant’s scarlet berries to break the gray pall of winter. With most cultivars producing especially lustrous and long lasting berries, a well-established specimen can easily be the center of attention in any winter landscape.
In the warm weather southern climates a great choice for winter color is Heuchera. Brighten your planting beds in winter with the brilliant colors of Heuchera, commonly called Coralbells. These beauties will provide a ton of color when most other perennials are lying dormant. With numerous cultivars available, Heuchera can be found in various shades of purple, green, yellow, orange, and red.
Ornamental kale and cabbage are some of the most popular winter annual plants. They lend a completely different texture to a winter landscape bed, and when planted in massing’s can provide tremendous accent value to the landscape. These plants are traditionally utilized from the Northern States through the more temperate southern locations.
Pansies are a winter standout with their vibrant tones and diverse color palette. Their ability to withstand moderate snow, sleet while thriving in a sunny location have made them a go to choice for areas with mild winters. These low growing seasonals will flourish from the cool autumn months until hotter late spring weather becomes prevalent.
Red and yellow twig dogwood each inspire with their colorful winter stems, which show up best against dark evergreens or a snowy landscape. After the leaves fall in autumn, the red stems and twigs take center stage. The color ranges of the Red Twig from dark coral to bright red. This is a shrub that can withstand even the coldest of conditions, in fact it seems the colder it gets, the “redder” the stems look. These plants are especially noticeable when contrasted with snow. A best bet for reliable winter color in the areas with the harshest of seasons.
Hollies bring an eye-catching display of evergreen leaves that is often punctuated with bright red or gold berries. Hardy in many regions the Hollies are a truly a standout for winter interest in the landscape.