Spruce Up Your Winter Garden

Erin Conant

During the winter season many gardeners start to ache for the color and inspiration that burst forth from a blooming spring garden. While the “bloom to brown” ratio is far more appealing during the warmer seasons, it is possible to have attractive, appealing gardens throughout the year. It’s time to spruce up that winter garden.

Creating year-round interest in your landscape is simply a matter of a few design adjustments and a fresh perspective.

  • Include evergreen trees and shrubs such as rosemary, cypress, loquat, Confederate jasmine and monkey grass. Distribute them evenly throughout your design to provide green foliage and shelter for wildlife all year long.
  • Get creative with plant textures! The shiny, smooth bark of a crape myrtle and the stark, robust silhouette of agave stand out, while wispy bunches of Mexican feather grass and lush, wide, dark green foliage of Agapanthus blades create movement.
  • Add hardscape featuresPatios and fences frame your landscape, pulling the entire look together. Arbors and pathways are easy, practical adornments that give your site a finished look.

When incorporated thoughtfully, color and texture can spruce up the look of your winter garden – and help tide you over until spring.

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