Growing a great winter garden is about embracing the snow and the cold, but it’s also about the structures and plants that you have in your garden. While winter isn’t a time to enjoy green, growing plants, you can still create a beautiful, wild winter garden. Here are some of the best structures and plants to integrate into your landscape.
Large and small ornamental grasses add a striking look to your garden as they poke out of the snow. According to House Logic, “to add contrast and vertical structure to your garden, plant grasses in the back of borders.” This allows you to provide a backdrop for smaller structures or plants, and the grasses also provide foreground interest in front of larger plantings of shrubs and trees. Larger plants such as mock rush are even hardier against the snow. The seeds that these grasses keep over the winter will also feed overwintering wildlife in your garden.
Berries can be a startling addition to the garden in the winter months. Just as you expect the garden to be white all over, you find a bright red berry to break the monotony of the winter landscape. Shrubs like winterberry have stunning red berries. Crabapples are not only interesting to look at, but they also provide food for wildlife.
Place Shorter Trees in Your View Line
While tall trees are beautiful to look at from afar, smaller trees are very sculptural in the winter months, adding beauty to your garden with their gorgeous branches and bark. Use these trees as the centerpieces of the view from your house, surrounding them with grasses to add even more winter interest.
Add Structures to Your Garden
In addition to the trees and other plants in your garden, add objects that incorporate texture. This could be a statue, a fence, a gazebo, or an arbor. As you create your garden infrastructure, try to have diversity in your garden so that you can enjoy the look of stone, wood, and metal. Choose both natural colors that blend into the landscape and painted items that add a pop of color to the winter scenery. If you have an indoor-outdoor living space, adding white or yellow lights to that space can make for beautiful, sparkling reflections on the snow.
Bring in the Wildlife
Add interest to your garden by attracting wildlife. Adding shrubs provides animals with places to hide and feed safely. Put in some bird feeders as well so you can draw in birds to locations where you can enjoy viewing them. If you have an indoor-outdoor space, add a chair in a protected spot so that you have your own wildlife viewing area that’s cozy and tucked out of the weather.
Make Your Winter Gardening Easier
It can be difficult to maintain your winter garden if it’s hard to get to your equipment or if your garden and home are working against you. Have storage areas near your house so that you can easily use your snow moving equipment. Add structures such as gutter guards and gutter heat to your house so that you don’t need to worry about puddles on your lawn that turn to ice during the winter time. In the summer, add handles to slippery steps and pathways so that you’re ready to easily move around your garden during the winter.
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