Winter Landscaping Tips
Planting berry-producing trees and shrubs, like crabapple, holly and juniper, which retain the fruit during the cold weather will provide a burst of color to an otherwise stark winter landscape, as well as food wildlife. If you intend to plant large trees, the off season is a good time to consult with a tree service.
Evergreens are the mainstay of any winter landscape, but the term “evergreen” is something of a misnomer as the plants are also available in yellows, golds and blues. Gold-thread false cypress and blue spruce are examples and great choices for winter landscapes. It you get stuck for ideas, a landscaping company or a lawn service will be able to provide tips and assistance.
Winter is really the best season to assess a landscape, as it is easy to figure out what missing. Often the solution for enhancing drab landscaping isn’t necessarily foliage, but hardscape, and adding a bench, garden sculpture or trellis will give an underutilized area a more polished look.
Window boxes and hanging baskets are valuable winter-landscaping tools. Small plants, like broadleaf evergreens and miniature spruces, are perfect choices, but the trees do require frequent watering during dry periods. Some four-season perennials, like hellebores and dianthus, produce year-round foliage. To save money you can also arrange evergreen boughs of varying colors and textures into planters.
Winter can be a great time to stock up on supplies for the following spring, as many garden shops will have sales during the off months. Make a list of all needed supplies, such as seeds, planters and potting soil, and then check the stores and online for deals.
Creating a vibrant winter landscape isn’t hard, it just takes a little thought and planning. If you get stuck for ideas, or don’t have the ability to do the work yourself, a landscaping company, a lawn service or a tree service can be valuable resources.