6 Tips for Landscaping in Winter to Add Cold-Weather Color

Let's face it: The winter landscape can look a little blah in comparison to the abundance of colors and textures in the other seasons.  

1. Focus On Bark Deciduous trees lose their leaves in wintertime, leaving their branches and trunks in focus—but that can actually be a good thing, Pierson says.

2. Include Plants With Berrie Many trees and shrubs have berries they hold onto throughout the fall and winter, which can provide food for birds overwintering in your area.

3. Consider Evergreen Evergreens are workhorses in the winter landscape for many reasons. First, there's color: Evergreens are not just green—they're also available in yellow (such as Gold Thread false cypress), 

4. Rely On Your Hardscape Winter is a good time to critically assess your landscape and figure out where it's missing focal points. As it turns out,

5. Dress Up Summertime Container Window boxes, hanging baskets, winter-hardy containers: All are indispensable for winter landscaping.

6. Choose Four-Season Perennial Some perennials have evergreen foliage, making them a great option for winter landscaping. Examples include some ornamental grasses and dianthus,

and dianthus, which boasts beautiful, low-growing blue-green foliage. Hellebores also have evergreen leaves and even bloom in the winter. 

The further south you live, the more options you'll have for evergreen perennials. Even in colder northern areas, many perennials such as tall sedum and black-eyed Susan have attractive seed heads that add 

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