Cold weather shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your garden. Even when the mercury plummets and snow arrives in parts of the U.S., there are still plants that add interest, texture, and color to the landscape. We can help you choose winter-hardy plants that will grow or stay attractive even while dormant.
Evergreen holly is a terrific winter-hardy shrub, with species that thrive in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 10. While we usually associate them with Christmas, these handsome shrubs deserve a year-round spot in your garden. Look for plants with green or variegated leaves; some have spines, while others don’t.
Plant at least one male and female holly if you want berries, which can be red, yellow, orange, or black. Although humans can’t eat the berries, many birds love them, and will visit your yard to snack on the colorful fruit. Along with a well-stocked feeder, hollies can boost your bird-watching opportunities.
Crape myrtles, with their attractive bark, also keep the show going in your winter garden, and northern gardeners can plant patches of snowdrops, little bulbs that send up delicate white flowers even through the snow. Depending on your location, witch hazel, camellias, and pansies are other good choices for winter color.
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