Plants with Winter Interest
Have you ever thought about the beauty a plant can add to a snowy landscape? Here's a variety of options if you are looking for a way to add color and interest…
Proven Winners Plants
Pink Berries for Fall & Winter Interest in the Garden
Add unique, pink berries to your landscape with Proud Berry Coral Berry! Its blue-green foliage looks handsome all season, then, in late summer, bell-shaped flowers appear. In fall, the flowers transform into large pink berries. Their color intensifies with cold weather attracting birds in mid-late winter. Not only pretty, this North American native is tough, too. It's deer resistant, cold tolerant and grows even in problem soils. Add cut branches to fall and winter flower arrangements!
Purple Foliage for Fall & Winter Interest
Foliage AND flowers for sun or shade! 'Wildberry' Coral Bells spots large, glossy leaves in a bold shade of purple. Its dark stems hold rosy pink calyxes and white flowers in mid-summer. After the blooms fade this heuchera's bright foliage will add a pop of color to your landscape through fall into winter. This North American native perennial attracts pollinators including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your landscape.
Shade Tolerant Dwarf Evergreen for Year-Round Beauty
The Stonehenge 'Dark Druid' Yew sports handsome deep green foliage with a soft, fern-like texture on a mounded dwarf habit. Yew is among the most shade tolerant of all evergreens. Its evergreen foliage will add year-round beauty to your landscape. Try Dark Druid as a substitute for boxwood, as a specimen plant, or even in container plantings. Salt tolerant, this shrub is a great for along driveways and sidewalks where storm runoff contains salt.
Narrow Evergreen Avoids Winter Burn
There's no pruning, shearing, and little to no spacing needed for this dense, dark green columnar yew. Stonehenge 'Skinny' maintains its deep green color year-round and avoids winter burn. It's narrow habit makes it useful as a super-skinny, space-saving hedge or as a specimen plant. Shade tolerant, too, this evergreen shrub is built for gardens of all sizes, exposures, or soil types.
Pure White Echinacea for Winter Interest in the Landscape
Classy, pure white blooms rise above the dark green foliage of 'The Price is White' Echinacea from mid to late summer. This fragrant North American native coneflower will attract pollinators and resist pesky deer. Enjoy the flowers cut for your summer bouquets OR leave them intact for birds to feast on as the weather turns cold. Not only will you be doing the birds a service, you will enjoy the winter interest in lends to your landscape.
Scarlet Orange Perennial Coneflower for Winter Interest in the Landscape
Echinacea are known for being pollinator friendly, and 'Frankly Scarlet' won't disappoint! Scarlet orange coneflowers rise above dark green leaves in mid to late summer, enticing bees and butterflies. Try as a sunny border plant, in masses, or even containers. Its upright habit functions as a thriller in container recipes. Leave the flowers intact into winter and watch birds come to eat its seeds. Grow in a sunny, hot location. Once established this North American native is drought tolerant.
Easy Shrub For Year-Round Interest
Keep your landscape lively through fall and winter with 'Arctic Fire' Yellow Dogwood. This shrub variety of Dogwood features bright yellow stems that creates its own sunshine during the colder months, providing winter interest to your landscape. Tolerant of shade AND a wide range of soil conditions, including clay, this North American native shrub is an easy choice for nearly effortless color. And, it's deer resistant, too!
Evergreen Ground Cover for Year Round Interest
This tough, sun-loving native juniper transforms difficult spots into a carpet of green! Simply plant Tortuga juniper in a sunny, well-drained spot and watch it beautify your yard all year long. It naturally grows as a low-mounded groundcover, with pleasing emerald-green foliage. Tortuga is heat tolerant but also readily withstands cold, adding winter interest to your landscape. Try this evergreen groundcover anywhere! Deer and rabbit resistant.
Pink Perennial for Late Winter Color in the Landscape
Add this beautiful Bergenia to your garden plan for a jumpstart on spring year after year! 'Miss Piggy' Pigsqueak's bright pink blooms appear in early spring. Very cold hardy, this perennial may even bloom as early as late winter, bringing color to the drab landscape and adding winter interest. Once its flowers fade, Miss Piggy's thick, dark green, glossy (and deer resistant!) leaves continue to provide foliage interest. Prefers part shade to shade but will grow in any sun exposure.
Elegant Chamaecyparis Provides Winter Coverage for Birds
A compact, conical falsecypress with graceful, soft fern-like branches, 'Soft Serve' evergreen foliage is bright green on top and flecked with silver-blue on the underside. This gorgeous color and texture will add winter interest to your landscape. Beyond year-long beauty, the foliage will provide cover to wild birds through harsh months. Plant in shrub borders, hedges, specimen, perennial borders and containers. Deer resistant. Salt tolerant.
10 Shrubs to Plant NOW for Fall & Winter Cuttings
When planning your garden or landscape, it pays off to add a few shrubs that will look wonderful when the rest of the garden is fading. Even more so if you choose plants that make great cut branches in fall and winter, giving you the chance to create your own unique arrangements and décor during the holidays and winter season. Here are our favorite shrubs that look great in the garden, vase and beyond when the temperatures drop.
Add Life to the Winter Landscape
Lustrous evergreen foliage of 'Castle Spire' blue holly will add year-round interest to your landscape. It will produce bright red berries if planted near a male pollinator like Castle Wall blue holly. Although not edible by humans, birds will feast upon its berries throughout winter, providing much needed nourishment. Good in groupings and mass plantings, perennial and shrub borders, and can be used as a screen or hedge. Castle Spire is outstanding in the winter landscape.
A Sturdy Grass for Winter Interest in the Landscape
Prairie Winds 'Blue Paradise' little bluestem grass remains upright through fall into winter and will withstand adverse weather conditions. It is a great choice for adding color and texture to your winter garden. Beyond its winter interest, this native ornamental grass is a beautiful addition to your landscape in all seasons, with striking silver blue foliage that transitions to a deep wine color in fall.
Strong Switch Grass for Winter Landscape
This North American native ornamental grass is a great choice for those in harsher climates — neither wind nor rain will knock this sturdy plant down. It's beauty reveals itself in fall, when the tips of its gray-green leaves are flushed with a hint of rosy-red. While other varieties of green-leaved switch grass have cream or tan flower panicles, ‘Apache Rose’ stands apart with its unique rose colored flowers that appear in autumn. It sure is a welcome addition to the fall garden!
Sturdy Red Switch Grass for Winter Interest
'Cheyenne Sky' red switch grass is not only beautiful in summer and fall, but winter, too! This sturdy grass will remain upright, providing winter interest to your garden AND shelter to birds during the coldest days of the year. Its blue-green leaves turn red in early summer and purple flowers appear in late summer. This ornamental grass makes a dynamite specimen plant and is even more eye-catching when planted in masses. Due to its petite size, it is a great choice for large container gardens.
Vibrant Berries for Fall & Winter Interest
Berry Heavy winterberry produces copious amounts of bright red berries that really shine in the fall and winter landscape. As it loses its leaves in fall, the vivid fruit becomes even showier. These branches make brilliant cuttings for winter flower arrangements. This plant not only beautifies a droll winter landscape, but attracts birds in mid-winter, bringing life to your garden. Plus, it's deer resistant! To produce berries you will need Mr. Poppins winterberry holly as a pollinator.
Soft Serve® - False Cypress - Chamaecyparis pisifera
Enjoy soft, distinctive foliage with Soft Serve in your landscape, a good substitute for dwarf Alberta spruce. Soft Serve®️ is a compact, conical false cypress with graceful, soft fern-like branches. The leaves are bright green on top and flecked with silver-blue on the underside.
Incrediball® - Smooth Hydrangea - Hydrangea arborescens
Incrediball hydrangeas are beautiful in the summer months--with massive blooms that stand tall and are great in cut bouquets too. And if you don't trim the blooms until early spring you now have a plant with winter interest too.
Arctic Fire® Red - Red-Osier Dogwood - Cornus stolonifera
Arctic Fire®️ red twig dogwood has beautiful red stems and a compact habit and is at its best in the winter sunlight. This dwarf variety reaches just 3-5' feet makes this variety a great breakthrough for smaller gardens or residential landscapes. Wonderful plants for holiday projects, indoors and out.
Soft Serve® - False Cypress - Chamaecyparis pisifera
Soft Serve has distinctive foliage and is a compact, conical false cypress with graceful, soft fern-like branches. The leaves are bright green on top and flecked with silver-blue on the underside, hardy in zones 4-8. Enjoy year-round interest with this evergreen that will not exceed 10 feet in height.
Arctic Sun® - Dogwood - Cornus sanguinea
Keep your landscape lively even in winter with the gloriously unusual yellow, orange, and coral stems of Arctic Sun dogwood. It performs like the familiar red-twig dogwoods but with unique color that positively glows in the landscape.
Berry Heavy® Gold - Winterberry holly - Ilex verticillata
Brightest gold fruit on the market. Strike it rich with Berry Heavy®️ Gold, the winterberry with the biggest, brightest gold fruit yet. You will treasure this long-time staff favorite for gardens, mass plantings, or as a cut branch. Note: in order to have this plant produce berries you will need to plant Mr. Poppins as a male pollinator nearby.
'Filips Magic Moment' - Arborvitae - Thuja occidentalis
Filips Magic Moment’ is an easy-to-grow arborvitae with dense branches, a tidy habit, plus colorful gold foliage. It’s perfect for flanking formal entryways, either in the ground or in large containers. A nice harbor for birds all winter too. Hardy in zones 3-7.