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Designing a Winter Garden

Any good gardener knows that every season has its own unique beauty. Planning awinter garden is easy and will provide interest and its own kind of charm. In

addition, winter gardens are a great way to support local wildlife. There’s so much more to a winter garden then evergreens. Winter gardens create interest and beauty through the structure of your space, variety of plants and careful planning.

Focal Points

Hardscapes such as paths and rock walls, pergolas, garden art, benches and water features can all serve as focal points in winter.

Variety of Plants / Structure

You can’t rely on color to create interest in the winter so our winter garden relies on structure and interesting focal points. Conifers create structure as well as deciduous trees and shrubs with attractive branches or interesting bark. Build on your basic structure by including a mix of evergreen plants, plants with persistent fruit and winter flowering plants. Many perennials should be left standing in fall as they have interesting seed heads and provide forage for birds. Attracting birds to your yard with forage and supplemental feeders is also a great way to bring interest to your winter landscape.

Here are a few of our favorite plants for winter interest. For a full list, you can check out our website or come into Glover Nursery and ask one of our experienced and knowledgeable employees. We love to help you pick out your plants!

Evergreen
  • Columnar Atlas Cedar
  • Weeping Atlas Cedar
  • Bristlecone Pine
Deciduous Trees
  • Japanese Maple
  • Dura-Heat’ River Birch
  • Royal Raindrops Crabapple
Shrubs
  • Chicagoland Boxwood
  • Profusion Beautybeauty
  • Mountain Mahogany
  • Red Twig Dogwood

Grasses
  • Feather Reed Grass
  • Fescue
  • Bamboo
Perennials
  • Snowdrop
  • Sunset Foxglove
  • Coneflower
  • Agave
Groundcovers
  • Yellow Ice Plant
  • Robb’s Bonnet
  • Geranium

We hope this list of winterized plants helps give you inspiration for your winter garden.

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