Don’t let winter keep you from a beautiful landscape! There are plenty of cold weather-friendly plants that you can add to your yard and garden to keep your home’s exterior looking bright and lively all season long.
Plants & Flowers
Holly ‘Alaska’ (Ilex aquifolium) – A holly with spiny, small, olive green colored leaves. Can be clipped into tight shapes or left to form into a conical bush.
Winter Aconite (Eranthis Hyemalis) – The warm winter sun invites aconite to open its bright yellow globes. Great for decorating tree bases or planting on grassy banks.
Nepalese Paper Plant (Daphne Bholua) – Waxy pink flowers with lavish foliage. This plant is known to flower in January and requires good soil where the sun can reach it easily.
Rosebud Cherry (Autumnalis Rosea) – Produces frilly, pale pink blossoms and will flower from November until February. Very easy plant to grow in winter.
Oregon Grape ‘Winter Sun’ (Mahonia x Media) – Bright lemony-yellow flowers atop spiny, smooth foliage. These fragrant flowers will light up areas with shade in early winter.
Dogwood ‘Midwinter Fire’ (Cornus Sanguinea) – Pink, shot-silk, and orange twigs that imitate the vision of a flickering bonfire. Plant in winter sun.
Skimmia ‘Kew Green’ (Skimmia x Confusa) – Mounds of evergreen foliage with conical heads of white-ivory buds. Will flourish in shady spots as well as sunny.
Fruits & Vegetables
Herbs – Chives, dill, basil and parsley are great to plant indoors on windowsills for use during the winter months.
Salad Leaves – ‘Winter Gem’ and ‘Arctic King’ are winter hardy salad leaves that can be sown in the colder months under cover or in a greenhouse.
Berries – Strawberries, raspberry canes and blackberries can all be planted during the winter for crops of delicious berries come spring and summer.
Some additional plants that do well in winter are: Plume grass, Bayberry, Winterberry Holly, Birch trees, Canadian Hemlocks, and Viking Black Chokeberry.
Quick Tips for Winter Landscaping:
- Dormant months are idea for pruning and trimming your perennial plants.
- Have dead trees removed prior to the winter season.
- Keep leaves off your lawn to prevent snow mold and dead spots.
- As spring nears, get a head start by installing bulbs in well-draining and elevated plant beds.