5 Shrubs That Add Color To Winter Landscapes

When designing your yard, remember to keep all the seasons in mind.

December 9, 2015

It’s no surprise that your yard looks dull and colorless in the winter—but it doesn’t have to. There are easy-to-grow shrubs for all climates that show off their best features in winter. It’s worth keeping the winter months in mind when shopping for plants.

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Elegantissima Redtwig Dogwood

redtwig dogwood
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Cornus alba Elegantissima
Providing brilliant color in the autumn and winter months, the bright red twigs of this plant really shine—even on dull days. For the rest of the year, the dark green leaves are edged in white. And this sturdy dogwood can handle our coldest winters, too. Best in sun. Cut back hard in spring.
Grows 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide, and is hardy to USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8.

 
 

Mediterranean Crown Vetch

crown vetch
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Coronilla valentina subspecies glauca
This little gem can be in flower at almost any time of year in mild climates, but it’s in late winter and spring that its neat clusters of yellow, peach-scented, pealike flowers are at their most prolific against prettily lobed, slightly bluish leaves. Ideal in the southwest in sun and well-drained soil.
Grows 3 feet by 3 feet and is hardy to zone 8.

Jacqueline Postill Nepalese Daphne

Daphne
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Daphne bholua Jacqueline Postill
Primarily a West Coast plant, though worth trying in the southeast, this is the hardiest variety of an intoxicatingly fragrant evergreen. Each flower has purplish red buds that open to white flowers yet retain the dark coloring on the backs. Upright in growth. Often regrows well if cut back by frost.
Grows 8 feet by 3 feet and is hardy to zone 7.

 
 

James Roof Wayleaf Silktassel

James roof
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Garrya elliptica
A choice, vigorous form of this West Coast native with 8-inch, slightly red-tinted, grayish green winter catkins covering the plant and handsomely set against leathery, evergreen foliage. It happily tolerates a few branches being cut for the house, where it lasts well. Good on a wall or fence.
Grows 10 feet by 8 feet and is hard to zone 8.

Arnold Promise Asian Witch Hazel

witch hazel
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Hamamelis x intermedia Arnold Promise
Unlike many Asian witch hazels, Arnold Promise features the valuable combination of bright, spidery winter and spring flowers, a strong fragrance, and fiery fall color. Developed at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, Arnold Promise matures into an attractive vase-like shape. Best in humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade; dislikes alkaline soils.
grows 10 feet by 8 feet and is hardy to zone 5.

 
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