Getting a head start on spring planting is a great idea in the winter months. Dreaming of the warm weather and endless possibilities of flowers will definitely get rid of your winter blues. It’s a smart plan to begin discussing design ideas with your Landscape Designer, as early as December for spring planting.
Below are 3 tips to consider planting for winter interest:
Having trees and shrubs that display fruit is a great way of adding winter interest. At the top of the list is a Crabapple tree (Malus sargentii), which produces fruit from winter to spring. They also attract a lot of bird activity! Other notable fruit bearing plants are: Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) – which are the perfect addition to live wreaths and winter containers; Blue Holly (Ilex x meserveae); tea Viburnum (Viburnum setigerum); Beautyberry (Callicarpa Americana and Callicarpa dichotoma); Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica); and Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia).
I absolutely love trees and shrubs with dramatic bark! These trees and shrubs are a great addition to any landscape. To dial up the drama, add a spotlight to really showcase their value! Topping my list of bark interest plants is Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia), which has an amazing camouflage pattern bark and is multi-stemmed. Some notable plants for bark interest are: Red twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Cardinal’); Yellow twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’); Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’); river Birch (Betula nigra); white Birch (Betula papyrifera); and Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum).
Red Twig Dogwood
You didn’t think I forgot about evergreens, did you? Evergreens are the staple of any landscape! I have a few select favorites that I’ll mention, but for more options, please contact me – as we can discuss what is best suited for your specific property. Here are some of my favorite evergreens: Korean Boxwood (Buxus sinica var. insularis); Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens); Cedar varieties and Holly varieties.
It’s best to discuss planting projects with your Landscape Designer, as they will be able to tell you what works best at your property. Keep in mind to always plan for four-season interest, so you consistently have something beautiful in action. Talk to you next week!