Enjoy beautiful plants even in winter
Whether it’s unique bark, jewel-bright berries, interesting seedheads or amazing late-winter flowers, there are plants out there that will make the most of even the bleakest winter weather. Some, like paperbark maple and skimmia, are big, solid plants that give a winter garden structure. Others, like yellow-twig dogwood, witchhazel and maiden grass, are big, too, but they seem wispy and light, so you’ll need to mass them together or display them against a dark backdrop to set them off. Still others, like the winter aconites above, are the tiny finishing touches that will make your garden feel complete.
Create a subtle winter plant palette
Although it may take a while to adjust to the subtle palettes and textures of winter gardens, you’ll come to welcome this calm, peaceful time in the garden year. Against a background of gray fog or white snow, this color and texture will make you catch your breath. These few tough plants keep the garden beautiful while you rest and get ready for spring.