When you think of winter landscapes, you probably think of dead and dormant plants, little color, and lots of snow. But there’s no reason you have to wait until spring to enjoy a beautiful landscape! With some thoughtful planting, your landscape will dazzle during the winter, even when it snows. Here are a few plants you can incorporate in your winter landscape to enjoy the beauty of nature all winter long.
Types of Evergreens
Evergreens are a traditional choice that are guaranteed to make your winter landscape look lush and green. There are several options available to you when it comes to evergreens. “Evergreen” is a wide-ranging term that encompases many different trees and shrubs. Evergreens have earned their name from their bright green color that lasts year round. Here are a few types of evergreens that are popular for winter landscaping:
- Pine Trees: Most pine trees have long, green needles and pine cones. There are several different types of pine trees, all of which look especially fitting in fall and winter landscapes! However, pine trees grow to be quite tall (some grow to be 100 feet tall!) and will shed their needs and cones. Make sure that you have ample space for a pine tree before planting one.
- Cypress Trees: Cypress trees make a great living privacy border. They’re famous for their tall and narrow shape, growing up to 60 feet tall! The Cypress is especially great for creating a sophisticated, European-style landscape.
- Spruce Trees: Spruce trees are often sold as “Christmas trees”. There are several varieties of spruce trees, ranging from about 60-200 feet tall. If you’re interested in conserving trees, you can decorate the spruce tree in your yard instead of buying one every year! Think of how beautiful your landscaping will look with a decorated spruce tree front and center. If you’re looking for something smaller, the Dwarf Alberta Spruce will grow to only 10-12 feet tall. However, it takes 25-30 years to reach full maturity.
- Holly: Nothing says “winter” more than bright red berries against snow. With glossy leaves and bright red berries, the iconic holly bush is a classic touch to any winter landscape. You’ll be able to enjoy a variety of birds all winter long as they visit your holly bushes to eat the festive berries. However, make sure that you have enough room for a holly bush; they can grow up to 25 feet tall and 10 feet wide. The leaves also tend to be jagged and pointed, so they may not be especially suited for homes with children.
Design Your Winter Landscape with Pinehurst Landscape Company
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