Are you looking at your landscape and already missing the colors and greenery of summer? If winter garden blues leave your landscape looking bland, there are things you can do to up the winter interest. The following guide will provide you with some ideas for this year, as well as changes you can make with your plants that will increase interest in the years to come.
Plant an evergreen
Evergreen trees are one way you can add instant winter (and summer) interest. Fall is a great time to plant an evergreen tree, just make sure and do so before the ground begins to freeze. Unlike deciduous trees that become barren in winter, a new evergreen will apply both vertical interest and lovely year-round greenery. You can opt for a needled conifer or a leafy evergreen, like a ligustrum, depending on your preferences. If you have room for more than one tree, opt for one of each so you can also add more texture to the winter landscape from the different types of foliage.
Add a structure
Structures are an excellent way to add interest to a boring winter landscape. A garden archway adorned with lights brightens up the stark long nights of the season. Attractive arches and garden obelisks can also provide interest in winter while giving support to plants in the warmer months. These, too, can have garlands or lights woven through them during the barren winter season.
Plan for interesting winter plants
Although there aren't many options for blooms in winter, you can plan your spring and summer garden so that it provides interest through the winter. Perennial bunchgrasses are green and eye-catching in summer, but many become even more beautiful once they die back for the winter. The fountain of dead grass combined with tall feathery seed stalks are a thing of beauty. Coneflowers are another option, since the seed cones and tall stalks persist through the winter months to provide interest.
Grow some vines
Evergreen vines, combined with a fence, trellis, or similar structure, is a great option. Although most will need to be planted in the warmer season, you can then enjoy them year after year there after. Trumpet honeysuckle, English ivy, and winter jasmine are just a few options that grow in a range of climates and remain green and attractive through the winter months.
Talk to a company like Lopez Tree Service for more help in caring for your winter landscape.